Ignatius Insight: In some of your essays you’ve lamented the state of the arts in the Church. What are the unique challenges faced by Catholic novelists, artists, and musicians? What can be done to revitalize the arts within the Church and within secular culture?
O’Brien: This question is so monumental I hesitate to reply with a short answer. I’ve written many essays on it, and even they, lengthy and packed with ideas as they were, only scraped the surface of the problem.
But let me say this at least: A new springtime of evangelization and hope is beginning for the Church and the world. It is strong, but still fragile enough that it can be swept away or severely reduced by many factors.