Catholics in America: Religious Identity and Cultural by Russell Shaw

By Russell Shaw

This ebook is a set of popularly written profiles of a few of the prime figures in American Catholic heritage. the crowd contains 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 construction and the shaping of the biggest spiritual physique within the usa. yet this publication is greater than a ancient survey of sought after personalities. Catholics in America explores the continued, usually arguable, attempt of Catholics to determine their identification in a mundane, and infrequently adverse, society.

Taken jointly, the chapters pose a primary problem to the normal knowledge of Catholic Americanist historiography, which takes cultural assimilation without any consideration. The oldest query within the historical past of the Catholic Church within the usa will be this: "Is it attainable to be a great Catholic and an outstanding American?" This booklet records the range of solutions which were given so far and demonstrates that the query is timelier now than ever before.

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