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Introduction

John R. Dichtl

in Frontiers of Faith

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124865
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124865.003.0008
Introduction

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Two years after the war had ended through the Treaty of Paris and only months after he had been appointed as head of the missions of the United States's Roman Catholic Church, Father John Carroll described the potential farmlands, the rich forests, and the Mississippi to a European colleague. His friend was asked to convince American Catholics to undergo training overseas then come back home to serve, as there was a critical shortage of clergymen. Aside from how older parishes were rapidly growing, several Catholics were found to be moving towards the west as there may have also been incentives such as liberal land grant offers for Clergymen support. Since Protestants would willingly supply land to attract Roman Catholic priests, these Catholic-Protestant relations proved to have improved during the American Revolution.

Keywords: American Revolution; Father John Carroll; Protestants; Clergymen; Roman Catholic priests; Catholic-Protestant relations

Chapter.  2298 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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