Roman Catholicism in America, 1st Edition

  • Chester Gillis
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  • ISBN-10: 0231502575
  • ISBN-13: 9780231502573
  • DDC: 282.73
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 365 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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A survey of U.S. Catholic history that emphasizes the post-Vatican II era. Explores the various roles and missions of the church in education, health care, charity, and more.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Who Are American Catholics?.
1: A Community that Worships.
2: The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
3: A Liturgy and a Protest.
4: Types of Catholics.
5: Different Generations of Catholics.
6: A Changing Church Steeped in Tradition.
7: Conservative and Liberal Voices.
8: An Attempt to Heal the Divisions.
9: Continued Loyalty.
10: A Brief History of Catholics in America: Colonial Times to 1900.
11: Before the British Colonies.
12: The Colonies.
13: The American Church Takes Shape.
14: An Immigrant Church.
15: African-American Catholics.
16: Tensions Between Rome and America.
17: A Brief History of Catholics in America: 1900 to the Second Vatican Council.
18: The Baby Boomers.
19: Hispanic Catholics.
20: Black Catholic Experience.
21: Vatican II Launches a New Era.
22: The Post-Vatican II Church in America.
23: An Example of Reform: Vowed Religious Life.
24: Bishops.
25: American Catholics Protest.
26: The Bishops Challenge American Society.
27: Troubles for the Church.
28: Women in the Church.
29: A Watchful Eye.
30: Noninstitutional Developments.
31: Facing the Twenty-First Century.
32: Teachings and Beliefs: Part I.
33: The Soul.
34: The Church Magisterium.
35: Revelation.
36: Doctrines, Dogmas, Encyclicals, and Councils.
37: The Infallibility of the Pope.
38: Saints.
39: Mary.
40: Symbols.
41: Teachings and Beliefs: Part II.
42: Sacraments.
43: Prayer and Spirituality.
44: Moral Teachings.
45: “The Seamless Garment”.
46: The Catholic Church and Other Christian Churches.
47: The Catholic Church and Non-Christian Religions.
48: Centered Pluralism.
49: Institutions, Roles, and Organizations.
50: The Church as Educator.
51: Catholic Health Care.
52: The Church’s Legal Code: Canon Law.
53: Catholic Charities.
54: Mission or Maintenance?.
55: Catholic Popular Culture.
56: The Church and the Media.
57: Literature.
58: A Cultural Force and the Force of Culture.
59: Challenges.
60: The Church and Women.
61: Sexual and Reproductive Ethics.
62: Priests and Nuns: Decline in Numbers and Morale.
63: Biomedical Issues.
64: Catholic Identity.
65: Secularization of Rituals.
66: The Changing Composition of the Church.
67: Challenged, Not Undone.
68: The Future.
69: A Church with Staying Power.
70: A Church Moving Toward the Laity.
71: Assimilated Catholics: Benefits and Dangers.
72: The Many Cultures of American Catholicism.
Select Profiles of American Catholics.
Time Line.
Selected Further Reading.
Electronic Resources.