Fugitive Saints:Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery

Fugitive Saints:Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery

by Katie Walker Grimes

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How should the Catholic church remember the sins of its saints? This question proves particularly urgent in the case of those saints who were canonized due to their relation to black slavery. Today, many of their racial virtues seem like racial vices. This book proposes black fugitivity, as both a historical practice and an interpretive principle, to be a strategy by which the church can build new hagiographical habits. Rather than searching inside itself for racial heroes, the church should learn to celebrate those black fugitives who sought refuge outside of it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506416724
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Katie Walker Grimes is assistant professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University. She is the author of Fugitive Saints: Catholicism and the Politics of Slavery (Fortress Press, 2017). She has published articles on the relation of white supremacy and the Catholic Church in Political Theology and Horizons and has articles in the Journal of Religious Ethics. She is a regular contributing author to the blog Women in Theology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface ix

Introduction xiii

1 Sainthood and Historical Memory 1

2 Claver's Ministry for Slaveocracy 11

3 Claver as Race-Making Ally of Antiblackness Supremacy 23

4 The Racialized Humility of Peter Claver 37

5 Coercive Kindness: Reconsidering Claver "from Below" 53

6 The Racialized Humility of Saint Martín de Porres 75

7 Catholic Sainthood and the Afterlife of Slavery 91

8 Venerable Pierre Toussaint and the Search for Fugitive Saints 121

9 Toward a Fugitive Hagiography 141

Conclusion 161

Bibliography 163

Index 177

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