Jerome P. Baggett

in Sense of the Faithful

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195326956
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199870301 | DOI:

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the dramatic changes in American Catholicism that have occurred within the past century. Topics covered include the theological tumult caused by the 1899 encyclical Testem benevolentiae (A Testament of Esteem), which Pope Leo XIII addressed to Cardinal James Gibbons; Catholicism in the 1950s, and the ideological impact of Vatican II reforms. The chapter then details the rationale and research methods used in this book.

Keywords: American Catholicism; religion; Catholics; Pope Leo XIII; Cardinal James Gibbons; Vatican II reforms

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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