Catholics In America / Edition 1

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From colonial missions to the Iraq war, Patrick W. Carey details the rich and varied involvement Roman Catholics have had in American political, cultural, and family life. Comprehensive and up-to-date, the paperback edition of Catholics in America: A History includes a new chapter covering the election of Pope Benedict XVI, ongoing investigation of abuse scandals, and increasing tension between traditional Catholic values and the beliefs of modern lay people. Brief biographical sketches of important Church figures and a chronology of key events make this an accessible and invaluable resource for anyone seeking insight into the history and current status of the Catholic Church in America.

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Editorial Reviews

CHOICE
Carey writes with clarity and grace, deftly guiding readers through the intricacies of American Catholic history. Especially impressive is the way the author balances hierarchical and clerical perspectives with those of the laity and external observers of the Catholic scene. Carey integrates an amazing amount of detail into this concise, carefully structured history, making the controversies and historical protagonists come alive, whether the focus is on the Colonial era, Americanism in the 1890s, Cold War Catholicism, or the escalation of the crisis over sexual abuse by clergy at the turn of the 21st century. Highly recommended.
Conscience
Carey presents a dutiful, accessible, and even-handed descriptive account of the major historical developments and events in American Catholicism from a brief review of Colonial Catholicism to current 'troubled times.'
Catholic Library World
In this crisply written volume, Patrick Carey combines a detailed narrative of American Catholic history with brief biographies of leaders ranging from Charles Carroll to Joseph Bernardin.
Choice
Carey writes with clarity and grace, deftly guiding readers through the intricacies of American Catholic history. Especially impressive is the way the author balances hierarchical and clerical perspectives with those of the laity and external observers of the Catholic scene. Carey integrates an amazing amount of detail into this concise, carefully structured history, making the controversies and historical protagonists come alive, whether the focus is on the Colonial era, Americanism in the 1890s, Cold War Catholicism, or the escalation of the crisis over sexual abuse by clergy at the turn of the 21st century. Highly recommended.
Conscience Magazine
Carey presents a dutiful, accessible, and even-handed descriptive account of the major historical developments and events in American Catholicism from a brief review of Colonial Catholicism to current 'troubled times.'
Theological Studies, June 2009 - Philip Gleason
Excellent coverage of the postconciliar period.... Balanced.... First-rate quality.... Clearly articulated.... The overall excellence of C.'s book amply demonstrates that history written in the traditional way still has the power to deepen our collective self-understanding.
Fall 2009 American Catholic Studies
This history, in the hands of willing students and a lively, informed teacher, or on a library shelf, will help create an informed and engaged body of American Catholics for the coming decades. The rest of us, Catholic adults responsible for our present and immediate future, will do well to read it-reflectively.
December 2009 Catholic Historical Review
Patrick Carey’s Catholics in America displays a rare combination of qualities: it is both encyclopedic and easily digestible…Carey’s vast knowledge and his ability to bring a scattered array of details into a coherent narrative will impress any reader. This book is recommended for anyone seeking a richly detailed but crisp study of American Catholicism.
December 2009 The Catholic Historical Review
Patrick Carey’s Catholics in America displays a rare combination of qualities: it is both encyclopedic and easily digestible…Carey’s vast knowledge and his ability to bring a scattered array of details into a coherent narrative will impress any reader. This book is recommended for anyone seeking a richly detailed but crisp study of American Catholicism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742562332
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 855,558
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick W. Carey is professor of theology at Marquette University. He is former president of the American Catholic Historical Society and lives in Newton, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Colonial Catholicism: 1492-1840 Chapter 2 A Free Church in a Free State: 1776-1815 Chapter 3 Internal Conflicts, Nativism, and Immigrant Catholicism: 1815-1866 Chapter 4 Reconstruction and Expansion: 1866-1884 Chapter 5 Americanism: 1884-1899 Chapter 6 Catholicism in the Progressive Era: 1900-1920 Chapter 7 The Roaring Twenties, the Depression, and World War II: 1920-1945 Chapter 8 Catholicism in the Cold War: 1945-1965 Chapter 9 Post-Vatican II Catholicism: 1965-1990 Chapter 10 Troubled Times: 1990-2003 Chapter 11 From John Paul II to Benedict XVI: 2003-2007

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