The Gospel According to John Bull
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Graham Greene wasn't a good Catholic, maybe not even a good man, but that doesn't mean he wasn't a good Catholic writer. These are different things. A book can be greater than the man who wrote it. Perhaps you will find this easier to understand if you consider works of visual art. We've all heard lurid things about Michelangelo, for instance, and he made his greatest works of art for money -- money that was scandalously obtained -- but his Pieta is sublime.

As for Catholic writers watering down their message to get a broader audience, I think you're looking at it the wrong way. I see it more as their employing a sort of Trojan horse technique to get Catholic ideas in where normally they would be unwelcome. Some people are peculiarly susceptible to ideas in literature. I owe my own conversion to Catholic writers who are read seriously and highly regarded by seculars. I would never have picked up one of the pious little volumes put out by Catholic publishing houses.
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