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The Catholic Imagination is Ecclesial (Or It’s Not Really Catholic)

In two previous articles, Artur Rosman, the managing editor of Church Life, has advanced a proposal for what constitutes the Catholic imagination. According to Rosman, the Catholic imagination is often employed in departments of Catholic Studies in a way that suits the faculty and/or artist’s interests: Each of these institutions, and there are many of them, appears to have its own working definition of the Catholic imagination that developed out of its own institutional needs and accents upon Catholic identity. These practical needs sidestepped much of the work of theologians on the Catholic imagination. In a later article, Rosman hints that medieval Catholicism is the privileged era for the birth of what we refer to the Catholic imagination. Rosman’s articles point toward a significant lacuna that exists within both philosophical and theological accounts of the Catholic imagination: the dearth of attention to the ecclesial nature of this imagination. In my own graduate studies, the term “Catholic imagination” was often defined by the transformation of theological doctrines into epistemic or literary principles: The Catholic imagination is …