I am uneasy with the term “countercultural,” because it sometimes connotes self-hatred. There is truth to the claim that the Catholic believer must sometimes stand boldly apart from his or her culture and speak a word of prophetic critique; but, at its limit, the claim to be counter-cultural strikes me as incoherent. Whether we like it or not, we are shaped — linguistically, intellectually, relationally, bodily — by the culture in which we live. To stand completely outside of our culture is, impossibly, to stand outside of ourselves. […] A culture is transformed only by those who love it, just as individuals are converted only by evangelizers who love them.
Cardinal Francis George (Chicago)