Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church

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Overview

Most histories of Catholicism in the United States focus on the experience of Euro-American Catholics, whose views on such concerns as church reform, social issues, and sexual ethics have dominated public debates. Latino Catholicism provides a comprehensive overview of the Latino Catholic experience in America from the sixteenth century to today, and offers the most in-depth examination to date of the important ways the U.S. Catholic Church, its evolving Latino majority, and American culture are mutually transforming one another.

Timothy Matovina assesses how Latinos' attempts to celebrate their faith and bring it to bear on the everyday realities of their lives have shaped parishes, apostolic movements, leadership, ministries, worship, voting patterns, social activism, and much more. At the same time, the lives and faith of Latino Catholics are being dramatically refashioned through the multiple pressures of assimilation, the upsurge of Pentecostal and evangelical religion, other types of religious pluralism, growing secularization, and ongoing controversies over immigration and clergy sexual abuse. Going beyond the widely noted divide between progressive and conservative Catholics, Matovina shows how U.S. Catholicism is being shaped by the rise of a largely working-class Latino population in a church whose leadership at all levels is still predominantly Euro-American and middle class.

Latino Catholicism highlights the vital contributions of Latinos to American religious and social life, demonstrating in particular how their engagement with the U.S. cultural milieu is the most significant factor behind their ecclesial and societal impact.

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Editorial Reviews

New Republic
Matovina gives a detailed examination of the different pastoral approaches that have been adopted to deal with the influx of Latino immigrants, with some advocating the need to assimilate quickly to American ways and others preferring to focus on preserving the religious and cultural heritage that the immigrants have brought with them. . . . Matovina's book should be mandatory reading for all bishops, clergy, and lay leaders, and for anyone else who wants to understand the future of American Catholicism.
— Michael Sean Winters
Catholic Sentinel
Timothy Matovina, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, offers a crash course on Hispanic Catholics and their impact. The book's chapter on the importance of popular religiosity in Hispanic worship and devotion—and the controversies it causes in multiethnic parishes—is especially good.
ForeWord
Timothy Matovina, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, discusses the serious cultural, political, and class divisions in US Catholicism, and how the face of the US Catholic Church, and that of American society, is being changed by a growing Latino majority. His book . . . suggests that, while trying to understand this transformation by grouping all Latinos into one bloc may be convenient, the picture it gives of this demographic is unrealistic, since Spanish is a primary language in twenty-two different countries. But no matter their country of origin, Latinos bring a new and refreshing vitality to American culture and religion, including a devotional life that striving to find faith-filled expression deep and substantial enough for the demands of our time.
U.S. Catholic
University of Notre Dame theologian Timothy Matovina's study Latino Catholicism provides a fascinating and comprehensive update of that ongoing revolution—or 'transformation,' as he prefers to call it. And in spite of what the earlier book title might suggest, Matovina sees this transformation going more than one way as he shows 'how the U.S. context, the U.S. Catholic Church, and Latinos mutually transform one another.'. . . He joins a wealth of academic research with the insights and stories of ordinary Latino Catholics while providing his own solid analysis. In bringing all this together in this highly readable book, Matovina has done an invaluable service for today's U.S. Catholic Church, whose future depends on responding better to the many challenges and promises its growing Latino population present. Throughout, Matovina resists facile, one-size-fits-all answers and instead mines the considerable demographic, sociological, and theological research to differentiate, clarify, and pinpoint the most important challenges the church needs to address. This is a must-read for all who have leadership roles in today's Catholic Church and who need to come together, employ greater creativity, and work harder to find the resources to serve the diverse needs of the different generations and subgroups of Hispanic Catholics. Such work will undoubtedly bear much fruit.
Choice
Matovina offers a masterful description of the roughly 40 percent of the American Catholic Church that is now Latino/a. While comprehensive and consistently fair with regard to all the topics discussed, this work also conveys a passion for the flourishing of Latino Catholicism and indeed all of Catholicism in America.
American Catholic Studies
Timothy Matovina has produced a sweeping and comprehensive history of United States Latino Catholicism. . . . Latino Catholicism is a must read for scholars in United States religious history, United States Catholicism, and Latino Studies. . . . What Matovina asks us to do in this beautifully written and crafted book . . . is to think about Latino Catholic histories in a new way. . . . I plan to assign Latino Catholicism in the first graduate course on United States Catholicism that I teach at the University of Iowa in the fall, and encourage colleagues in United States Catholic Studies to assign this book and to discuss the important ramifications of integration with their students.
— Kristy Nabhan-Warren
Concordia Journal
Latino Catholicism is a must for working one's way into an understanding of the faith expression of more than 50 million Hispanic neighbors, as well as a useful tool of evaluating and bettering our own mission dreams.
— Douglas R. Groll
Journal of Contemporary Religion
Consider Latino Catholicism essential reading on the topic. Matovina weaves the particulars of the Latino Catholic story into the history of Catholicism in North America in entirely new ways—not to mention the relevance of his study to broader discussions of cultural diversity, the 'new immigrant' sociological literature, assimilation dynamics, and theories of secularisation. This is a truly remarkable book.
— William D. Dinges
New Republic - Michael Sean Winters
Matovina gives a detailed examination of the different pastoral approaches that have been adopted to deal with the influx of Latino immigrants, with some advocating the need to assimilate quickly to American ways and others preferring to focus on preserving the religious and cultural heritage that the immigrants have brought with them. . . . Matovina's book should be mandatory reading for all bishops, clergy, and lay leaders, and for anyone else who wants to understand the future of American Catholicism.
American Catholic Studies - Kristy Nabhan-Warren
Timothy Matovina has produced a sweeping and comprehensive history of United States Latino Catholicism. . . . Latino Catholicism is a must read for scholars in United States religious history, United States Catholicism, and Latino Studies. . . . What Matovina asks us to do in this beautifully written and crafted book . . . is to think about Latino Catholic histories in a new way. . . . I plan to assign Latino Catholicism in the first graduate course on United States Catholicism that I teach at the University of Iowa in the fall, and encourage colleagues in United States Catholic Studies to assign this book and to discuss the important ramifications of integration with their students.
Concordia Journal - Douglas R. Groll
Latino Catholicism is a must for working one's way into an understanding of the faith expression of more than 50 million Hispanic neighbors, as well as a useful tool of evaluating and bettering our own mission dreams.
Journal of Contemporary Religion - William D. Dinges
Consider Latino Catholicism essential reading on the topic. Matovina weaves the particulars of the Latino Catholic story into the history of Catholicism in North America in entirely new ways—not to mention the relevance of his study to broader discussions of cultural diversity, the 'new immigrant' sociological literature, assimilation dynamics, and theories of secularisation. This is a truly remarkable book.
Theological Studies - Ana Maria Pineda
In this fine work, M. has succeeded in mapping out a radically new understanding of Latino Catholicism. For those concerned with pastoral work among Latino Catholics, this thoughtful, comprehensive study will serve as a point of reference for a long time to come.
Catholic Southwest - Thomas W. Jodziewicz
Latino Catholicism is then an accessible entré into our contemporary circumstance and a graceful challenge for the discernment that ultimately will allow the faith, not simply particular cultures to engage American society.
From the Publisher

First Place for the Book Award in History, 2013 Catholic Press Association

Timothy Matovina, Winner of the 2013 Paul J. Foik, C.S.C. Award, Texas Catholic Historical Society

Winner of the 2012 Best Book Award, College Theology Society

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2012

"Matovina gives a detailed examination of the different pastoral approaches that have been adopted to deal with the influx of Latino immigrants, with some advocating the need to assimilate quickly to American ways and others preferring to focus on preserving the religious and cultural heritage that the immigrants have brought with them. . . . Matovina's book should be mandatory reading for all bishops, clergy, and lay leaders, and for anyone else who wants to understand the future of American Catholicism."--Michael Sean Winters, New Republic

"Timothy Matovina, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, offers a crash course on Hispanic Catholics and their impact. The book's chapter on the importance of popular religiosity in Hispanic worship and devotion--and the controversies it causes in multiethnic parishes--is especially good."--Catholic Sentinel

"Timothy Matovina, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, discusses the serious cultural, political, and class divisions in US Catholicism, and how the face of the US Catholic Church, and that of American society, is being changed by a growing Latino majority. His book . . . suggests that, while trying to understand this transformation by grouping all Latinos into one bloc may be convenient, the picture it gives of this demographic is unrealistic, since Spanish is a primary language in twenty-two different countries. But no matter their country of origin, Latinos bring a new and refreshing vitality to American culture and religion, including a devotional life that striving to find faith-filled expression deep and substantial enough for the demands of our time."--ForeWord

"University of Notre Dame theologian Timothy Matovina's study Latino Catholicism provides a fascinating and comprehensive update of that ongoing revolution--or 'transformation,' as he prefers to call it. And in spite of what the earlier book title might suggest, Matovina sees this transformation going more than one way as he shows 'how the U.S. context, the U.S. Catholic Church, and Latinos mutually transform one another.'. . . He joins a wealth of academic research with the insights and stories of ordinary Latino Catholics while providing his own solid analysis. In bringing all this together in this highly readable book, Matovina has done an invaluable service for today's U.S. Catholic Church, whose future depends on responding better to the many challenges and promises its growing Latino population present. Throughout, Matovina resists facile, one-size-fits-all answers and instead mines the considerable demographic, sociological, and theological research to differentiate, clarify, and pinpoint the most important challenges the church needs to address. This is a must-read for all who have leadership roles in today's Catholic Church and who need to come together, employ greater creativity, and work harder to find the resources to serve the diverse needs of the different generations and subgroups of Hispanic Catholics. Such work will undoubtedly bear much fruit."--U.S. Catholic

"Matovina offers a masterful description of the roughly 40 percent of the American Catholic Church that is now Latino/a. While comprehensive and consistently fair with regard to all the topics discussed, this work also conveys a passion for the flourishing of Latino Catholicism and indeed all of Catholicism in America."--Choice

"Timothy Matovina has produced a sweeping and comprehensive history of United States Latino Catholicism. . . . Latino Catholicism is a must read for scholars in United States religious history, United States Catholicism, and Latino Studies. . . . What Matovina asks us to do in this beautifully written and crafted book . . . is to think about Latino Catholic histories in a new way. . . . I plan to assign Latino Catholicism in the first graduate course on United States Catholicism that I teach at the University of Iowa in the fall, and encourage colleagues in United States Catholic Studies to assign this book and to discuss the important ramifications of integration with their students."--Kristy Nabhan-Warren, American Catholic Studies

"Latino Catholicism is a must for working one's way into an understanding of the faith expression of more than 50 million Hispanic neighbors, as well as a useful tool of evaluating and bettering our own mission dreams."--Douglas R. Groll, Concordia Journal

"Consider Latino Catholicism essential reading on the topic. Matovina weaves the particulars of the Latino Catholic story into the history of Catholicism in North America in entirely new ways--not to mention the relevance of his study to broader discussions of cultural diversity, the 'new immigrant' sociological literature, assimilation dynamics, and theories of secularisation. This is a truly remarkable book."--William D. Dinges, Journal of Contemporary Religion

"In this fine work, M. has succeeded in mapping out a radically new understanding of Latino Catholicism. For those concerned with pastoral work among Latino Catholics, this thoughtful, comprehensive study will serve as a point of reference for a long time to come."--Ana Maria Pineda, Theological Studies

"Latino Catholicism is then an accessible entré into our contemporary circumstance and a graceful challenge for the discernment that ultimately will allow the faith, not simply particular cultures to engage American society."--Thomas W. Jodziewicz, Catholic Southwest

"[T]his volume advances the field of Catholic studies, undermining the notion that Hispanics are appendages to the Catholic faith in this country or simply clients to be served. A reader cannot help but conclude with the author that Latinos are active participants within U.S. Catholicism, bringing new vigor and a vision for the future."--Ana María Díaz-Stevens, Catholic Historical Review

"Matovina has created a significant resource on the Hispanic Catholic presence in the U.S. that will be useful to scholars from every discipline. As a sociologist, I especially appreciate the historical spadework. Throughout, Matovino balances divergent views and experiences from the various Latino and non-Latino perspectives for each of the issues he discusses."--Elfriede Wedam, Catholic Books Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691139791
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2011
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 809,354
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Matovina is professor of theology and the William and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. His books include "Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present" and H"orizons of the Sacred: Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism".

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Table of Contents

Preface vii Abbreviations xiii Chapter 1: Remapping American Catholicism 1
Chapter 2: Integration 42
Chapter 3: Hispanic Ministry 67
Chapter 4: Parishes and Apostolic Movements 98
Chapter 5: Leadership 132
Chapter 6: Worship and Devotion 162
Chapter 7: Public Catholicism 190
Chapter 8: Passing on the Faith 219 Epilogue: Transformation in America's Largest Church 245
Notes 251
Bibliography 273
Index 303

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