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When Catholic Worlds Collide: French Missionaries and Ecclesiastical Politics in Louisiana, 1803–1845

Michael Pasquier

in In God’s Empire

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396447
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979318 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396447.003.0001
When Catholic Worlds Collide: French Missionaries and Ecclesiastical Politics in Louisiana, 1803–1845

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This chapter explores ecclesiastical politics in the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas in the early nineteenth century. Faced with a large population of slaves and free people of color, French missionary conceptions of Catholicism collided with centuries-old local religious customs and traditions in New Orleans, causing romantic notions of the missionary life to vanish. By scrutinizing the intricacies of ecclesiastical politics in Louisiana, the chapter examines how missionary perceptions of Catholic New Orleans contrasted with the realities of life a world away from the confined corridors of French seminaries and the elite gatherings of the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide in Rome.

Keywords: Louisiana; Florida; slavery; Haiti; New Orleans; ecclesiastical politics

Chapter.  7918 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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