Getting into Joseph Campbell’s work is interesting but not synonymous with my catholic up bringing. I see him as someone I can learn from but not say its like the absolute truth like what Catholics say about catholicism!
He used to be my hero. I used to go exploring in my little Datsun, listening to Joseph Campbell tapes over and over until I had them memorized. I had a large collection of his writings. But years later I realized that whatever else he understood, Joseph Campbell did not understand Catholicism. Raised in a Catholic family, he left the Church as a young man. For all his obvious erudition, and his engaging wit and style notwithstanding, Campbell wrote and spoke of the Church as the outsider he had become.
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