Drawing upon a multi-disciplinary methodology employing diverse written sources, material practices and vivid life histories, Faith in the family seeks to assess the impact of the Second Vatican Council on the ordinary believer, alongside contemporaneous shifts in British society relating to social mobility, the sixties, sexual morality and secularisation. Chapters examine the changes in the Roman Catholic liturgy and Christology; devotion to Mary, the rosary and the place of women in the family and church, as well as the enduring (but shifting) popularity of Saints Bernadette and Thérèse.
Appealing to students of modern British gender and cultural history, as well as a general readership interested in religious life in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century, Faith in the family illustrates that despite unmistakable differences in their cultural accoutrements and interpretations of Catholicism, English Catholics continued to identify with and practise the 'Faith of Our Fathers' before and after Vatican II.
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About the Author
Alana Harris is Teaching Fellow in British History at King's College London
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: A Vatican rag
2. English Catholicism reconsidered: beyond 'ghettos' and 'golden ages'
3. Gatherings at the family table: the liturgy, the Eucharist and Christ Our Brother
4. 'A model for many homesteads': Marian devotion, the Holy Family and Catholic conceptions of marriage and sexuality
5. 'Plaster saints' or 'spiritual friends'? St Thérèse of Lisieux, St Bernadette Soubirous and the Forty Martyrs
6. Conclusion: Hymns ancient and modern
Appendix 1: Oral history interviewees