Sunday, November 29, 2009

"The Lost Art of Catholic Drinking"

That's the title of an article by Sean P. Dailey published at InsideCatholic. Here's an excerpt:
There is Protestant drinking and there is Catholic drinking, and the difference is more than mere quantity. I have no scientific data to back up my claims, nor have I completed any formal studies. But I have done a good bit of, shall we say, informal study, which for a hypothesis like this is probably the best kind.

To begin with, what is Catholic drinking? It's hard to pin down, but here's a historical example. St. Arnold (580-640), also known as St. Arnulf of Metz, was a seventh-century bishop of Metz, in what later became France. Much beloved by the people, St. Arnold is said to have preached against drinking water, which in those days could be extremely dangerous owing to unsanitary sewage systems -- or no sewage system at all. At the same time, he frequently touted the benefits of beer and is credited with having once said, "From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world."

Read the whole thing here.

2 comments:

Eric said...

We cannot forget Chesterton on Catholic drinking:

"Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing peasant of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world."

Alas, I do not drink, so two of my heroes -- Chesterton and Lewis -- would've looked at me with suspicion.

Me said...

So how does the author of the article know when he's just "stewed" versus "rip-roaring drunk"? He must be one smart Catholic to know when to stop drinking.

Seems to me he's made a lot of assumptions about Protestants and their drinking habits.