This book explores the historical transformation after Vatican II of one Carmelite community into a neotraditionalist order defending Catholic teaching and spearheading a movement among women to define Catholicism. This historical analysis suggests that the fundamental disagreement between "conservative" and "liberal" Catholics lies in a dispute about looking to Anglo-Protestant culture for a theological and ecclesiological model for the church.
Conservative Catholicism and the Carmelites analyzes the appeal of the order to Latino/a communities in the United States, where the author finds that neotraditionalist Catholicism helps maintain and articulate ethnocultural identities. Darryl V. Caterine suggests the existence of at least three "churches" encompassed by post-Vatican II, U.S. Catholicism: a liberal contingent embracing Anglo-Protestantism; a neotraditionalist contingent in critical tension with Anglo-Protestantism; and a contingent of transnational Catholic communities from Spanish, New World cultures in critical tension with Anglo-Protestant culture.
About the Author
Darryl Caterine is a specialist in the history of religions in the Americas. He earned his degrees in religious studies from Harvard University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. His current scholarly interests focus on the interactions between religion and culture in both the United States and Latin America. Caterine presently teaches in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. The Emergence of a Neotraditionalist Order
Chapter 2. Mother Luisa's Canonization and the Santification of Neotraditionalism
Chapter 3. The Urban Cloister: Religious and Ethnic Identity in Los Angeles
Chapter 4. Underground Carmelites: Catholic Identity in the Arizona/Sonora Borderlands
Chapter 5. Betwixt and Between: Catholic Identity and the Reconstruction of Ethnic Identity in Miami
Chapter 6. Gone But Not Forgotten: The Carmelites in Post-Industrial Cleveland