An article from 2013. The Church is in retreat; who will stand up for her?
Writers’ festivals are places where aspiring and acknowledged literary luminaries often display their wares and take notes on the wares of others. The foreign editor of The Australian newspaper, Greg Sheridan, has been doing that recently, having just written a book. But during his rounds of such events, Sheridan was struck by an absence — the absence of any strong Catholic or Christian writers. “At each of these [events], there were earnestly devoted people who deeply believed in the new secular religions of environmentalism and identity politics, and there was not a single writer from the Christian point of view — about anything,” Sheridan told a recent dinner in Sydney.