What is Catholic Fiction?
What exactly constitutes Catholic fiction is difficult to define. Of course there are the classics that everyone considers great Catholic fiction: works by Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, Evelyn Waugh, etc. Flannery O’Connor said that Catholic fiction is a “Catholic mind looking at anything.” Our collection tends to interpret the concept of Catholic fiction rather loosely. In general books by authors who are practicing Catholics or were raised in a Catholic culture, even if they might no longer be practicing, are considered Catholic fiction. Authors who may disagree or dissent with certain individual Church positions are also considered as one of the most beneficial elements of reading good fiction is watching a character struggle with difficult questions. Fiction is not the same as Theology although it can be used to help us live more human and compassionate lives. Books that may not look at spiritual issues but are set within a Catholic culture, such as mysteries set in a medieval monastery, are also be included. Light, escapist literature is as necessary as profound fiction. However, authors who are virulently anti-Catholic or who merely use the trappings of Catholicism in order to titillate or who sensationalize Catholicism beyond anything recognizable are not considered Catholic for our purposes.
Catholic Fiction Collection
Selections from the Catholic Fiction Collection at Beran Library
To find selections of Catholic Fiction, go to the library catalog. Enter "catholic fiction" in the search box. Change the drop down box from "all headings" to "notes" and click the search icon.
You can also search by a specific author or title.