The Romanization of Catholicism

Jay P. Dolan

in In Search of an American Catholicism

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195069266
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834143 | DOI:
The Romanization of Catholicism

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Focuses on the turning away from a Catholicism grounded in the American democratic tradition in the years 1820–1880. This was a key transition period in American Catholic history. What took place was a thorough Romanization of Catholicism in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. During these years, such aspects of American culture as the rise of the public school and anti‐Catholic nativism had an impact on Catholicism by reinforcing its sectarian quality.

Keywords: American Catholicism; American culture; anti‐Catholicism; Catholicism; culture; democracy; history; nativism; public schools; Romanization

Chapter.  7940 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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