The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice

The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice

by Philip Jenkins

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The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice by Philip Jenkins

Anti-Catholicism has a long history in America. And as Philip Jenkins argues in The New Anti-Catholicism, this virulent strain of hatred--once thought dead--is alive and well in our nation, but few people seem to notice, or care. A statement that is seen as racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, or homophobic can haunt a speaker for years, writes Jenkins, but it is still possible to make hostile and vituperative public statements about Roman Catholicism without fear of serious repercussions. Jenkins shines a light on anti-Catholic sentiment in American society and illuminates its causes, looking closely at gay and feminist anti-Catholicism, anti-Catholic rhetoric and imagery in the media, and the anti-Catholicism of the academic world. For newspapers and newsmagazines, for television news and in movies, for major book publishers, the Catholic Church has come to provide a grossly stereotyped public villain. Catholic opinions, doctrines, and individual leaders are frequently the butt of harsh satire. Indeed, the notion that the church is a deadly enemy of women--the idea of Catholic misogyny--is commonly accepted in the news media and in popular culture, says Jenkins. And the recent pedophile priest scandal, he shows, has revived many ancient anti-Catholic stereotypes. It was said that with the election of John F. Kennedy, anti-Catholicism in America was dead. This provocative new book corrects that illusion, drawing attention to this important issue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198035275
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/17/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 398 KB

About the Author

Philip Jenkins, one of the world's leading religion scholars joined Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion as Distinguished Professor of History and Co-Director for the Program on Historical Studies of Religion. His books include Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis, Mystics and Messiahs: Cults and New Religions in American History, and The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Limits of Hatred1
2The Catholic Menace23
3Catholics and Liberals47
4The Church Hates Women67
5The Church Kills Gays93
6Catholics and the News Media113
7"The Perp Walk of Sacramental Perverts": The Pedophile Priest Crisis133
8Catholics in Movies and Television157
9Black Legends: Rewriting Catholic History177
10The End of Prejudice?207
Notes217
Index249

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