Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

This e-book is a set of popularly written profiles of a few of the top figures in American Catholic historical past. the gang comprises Archbishop John Carroll, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Orestes Brownson, Cardinal James Gibbons, Al Smith, Dorothy Day, Cardinal Francis Spellman, President John F. Kennedy, and others.

Collectively, those participants inform the tale of the development and the shaping of the most important non secular physique within the usa. yet this ebook is greater than a ancient survey of well-known personalities. Catholics in America explores the continued, usually debatable, attempt of Catholics to see their id in an earthly, and infrequently adversarial, society.

Taken jointly, the chapters pose a basic problem to the traditional knowledge of Catholic Americanist historiography, which takes cultural assimilation with no consideration. The oldest query within the heritage of the Catholic Church within the usa will be this: "Is it attainable to be a very good Catholic and a great American?" This ebook files the diversity of solutions which have been given up to now and demonstrates that the query is timelier now than ever before.

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