In an attempt to understand the relationship between religion and political leadership for Mexican American Roman Catholics, this chapter compares and contrasts a Mexican American Roman Catholic Church with an African American Baptist Church to demonstrate strategies for political and civic engagement implemented by the African American Church. These experiences serve as examples and teachings that Mexican American Roman Catholics can learn in order to foster and increase civic and political involvement in their communities. The chapter presents a structural, historical, and theological analysis of both religious institutions. It concludes by underscoring the important role and function of the national parish in the history of the American Catholic Church, the Cursillo and National Encuentro movements. It recommends these institutional strategies as viable avenues for political and civic engagement for Mexican American Roman Catholics in the United States.
Keywords: Mexican American Roman Catholics; religion; political leadership; African American Baptists; civic involvement; national parish
Chapter. 7079 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Religious Studies
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