Several years ago, Barron coined the phrase "beige Catholicism" to describe a church leached of its intellectual traditions, great saints and art, history, and glorious rituals; on his Web site, Barron points to blandness as the main reason for such discouraging trends as the Pew Forum's evidence of dramatically declining Catholic allegiance. (Sadly, the companion book, made up of expanded versions of the video scripts, reduces most of the beautiful photography to muddy black and white.) Surely no other Catholic media project that made such a serious investment in travel, cinematography, and quality, and an attempt to be both upbeat and uncompromisingly educational has come so close to success.
BOOKS Thomas Baker The War on Beige
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