Bottum's hostility to capitalism is ill-chosen. American capitalism was far more free and energetic when Catholic culture was at its highest. Vatican II led to the decline of Catholic culture, not capitalism.
I too saw the softening of the culture first hand, in the sixties and seventies. By the time I exited Catholic high school, it was adrift with nuns who yearned to be hippies and the new young priests were clearly mincing, not to say homosexual.
The rise of cafeteria catholicism ensued, and I haven’t heard a good solid sermon in years. Hand holding and pop music replaced worship, and you’re right: capitalism had no part in the problem. Rather it was PC group think, and liberal catholics who desperately wanted inclusion in the cool cliques.
Face it, Catholic isn’t cool. What’s more, it should make NO ATTEMPT to be cool.
Perhaps, then again Capitalists never claimed a moral element or even a moral argument, one could be made but it never is.
Capitalism gave rise to socialism.
I always thought Catholicism is a RELIGION....not a CULTURE! We don’t all have the same FOODS....some holidays are important to some Catholics and some are more important to others.