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Culture and Cultus

I never made the connection between the word culture and the word cultus. I never before connected divine worship with culture. This opens up new lines of thought with regard to the phrases “culture of life” and “culture of death.” Can “culture of death” be seen as worship or is it a contradiction in terms, a play on words bringing out the fact that it denies divine worship?

See the Author’s preface to the English Edition of Leisure: The Basis of Culture
About Fr. Kyle

I am a priest of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I was born and raised right outside New Orleans. I attended Catholic school my entire educational career. By the time I graduated high school, I had two paths to choose: rockstar or priesthood. I pursued both for awhile but eventually came to the understanding God's will was priesthood and my will was rockstardom. After making that decision, to allow God's will to be mine, I needed a new way to channel my creativity. I began writing as I finished up my formation for priesthood. I still play music, but priestly ministry comes first. My bride: St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Harahan, LA.


  1. I think, and I’m prob wrong, but maybe if I am ya’ll can clarify for me, that when you bring the notion of divine worship into the understanding of ‘the culture of death’ then you can bring forth the idea that the culture of death is a mix of intellectual effort and contemplation upon such things as implied with the idea.

  2. I think that “the culture of death” would deny the act of contemplation. It elevates work and makes it the totalitarian ruler of human knowledge denying the giftedness of said knowledge. It rather displays knowledge as the sole work of man and therefore it’s fruits, namely the sciences, can be manipulated without recourse.

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