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The Dangers of History

Mark S. Massa

in The American Catholic Revolution

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199734122
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866373 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734122.003.0005
The Dangers of History

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The chapter examines the famous case of the IHM nuns of Los Angeles in their battle with Cardinal McIntyre, their bishop. The IHMs represent the single largest group of American nuns to leave the Catholic Church en masse, which they did as a result of their rough handling by McIntyre. The IHMs were initially excited by the prospect of reforming their order along the lines mandated by the Second Vatican Council in its famous document (Perfectae Caritatis): getting rid of their old habits, introducing more democracy into their governance, and so on. The archbishop of Los Angeles (who understood the historical significance of these things in a radically different way than the nuns) was, as a result, responsible for one of the most infamous events in American Catholic history.

Keywords: American nuns; IHM; Cardinal McIntyre; perfectae caritatis; second Vatican council

Chapter.  11883 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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