Competing Visions

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:
Competing Visions

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The five themes presented in Ch. 3 (American national identity, Americanization of Catholic doctrine, democracy, devotional Catholicism, and gender equality) are further examined here in the context of seeking to show how American culture shaped Catholicism in the era 1920–60 . It is shown that during these years, Catholics were beginning to think in a less parochial manner, and emerge from the neighbourhood/parish ghettos that had formed their life previously, and had been subject to attack by nativist revivals of Anglo‐Saxonism and anti‐Catholicism (in the shape of a revived Ku Klux Klan). Such a reorientation gave rise to the emergence of a public Catholicism that sought to influence the shape and values of American society.

Keywords: American culture; American national identity; Americanization of Catholic doctrine; anti‐Catholicism; Catholic doctrine; culture; democracy; devotional Catholicism; gender; gender equality; Ku Klux Klan; national identity; nativism; public Catholicism

Chapter.  20019 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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