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Stamped with the Image of God: African Americans As God's Image in Black

Stamped with the Image of God: African Americans As God's Image in Black

by Cyprian Davis


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Selected by two of America's leading Black Catholic scholars, documents included here demonstrate that African Americans have long been an integral part of Catholic history in America. From the Spanish and French periods of the pre-Revolutionary South, continuing through the Civil War and the 20th century struggles against racism, "Stamped with the Image of God" offers hope for all Catholics as they search to realize a communion that embraces members of all races and cultures as equals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570753510
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Series: American Catholic Identities Series
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1The Spanish and French Period
1.The Brotherhood of Blessed Mary of the Blacks, Valencia, 14723
2.Ecclesiastical Records of St. Augustine Parish in Florida, 1796, 18125
3.Civil and Ecclesiastical Records of Louisiana: The Code Noir, 17246
4.The Ursuline Nuns Limit Their Instruction of Girls of Color, 179712
Part 2The Pre-Civil War Period
5.The Devotional Life of Blacks in the Confraternity of Mount Carmel, 179616
6.Portrait of a Saintly Slave, 180618
7.Petition of the Catholic People of Color in Philadelphia, 181720
8.The Clandestine Marriages of Slaves, 183920
9.A Catholic Mutual Benefit Society, 184322
10.Memoir of Pierre Toussaint, Born a Slave in Santo Domingo, 185424
11.Two Letters by Pierre Toussaint, 183925
12.George Paddington, Black Priest from Ireland, Missionary in Haiti, Friend of Pierre Toussaint, 183628
13.A Black Woman's Letter to Pope Pius IX, 185330
14.Letter of William Henry Elder, Bishop of Natchez, to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, in Which He Describes His Ministry to Slaves, 185832
15.The Defense of Slavery: The Pastoral Letter of Monsignor the Bishop of Natchitoches on the Occasion of the War of the South for Its Independence, 186135
16.In Defense of Slavery: A Tract for the Times, Slavery and Abolitionism Being the Substance of a Sermon Preached in the Church of St. Augustine, Florida, on the 4th Day of January, 1861, Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer, by the Right Reverend A. Verot, D.D., Vicar Apostolic of Florida, 186136
17.The Catholic Opposition to Slavery: In Supremo Apostolatus Fastigio, 183938
18.Daniel O'Connell's Address against Slavery, 183340
19.Public Letter of Augustin Cochin, Catholic Abolitionist, against American Slavery, to Albert, Duc de Broglie, 186342
20.Letter of Monsignor the Bishop of Orleans to the Clergy of His Diocese on Slavery, 186243
Part 3Congregations of Black Sisters
21.From the "Journal of the Sisters of Providence," 182947
22.The Journal of Sister Bernard Deggs: A History of the Sisters of the Holy Family, 189451
Part 4The Post-Civil War Period
23.The Second Plenary Council of Baltimore, the Minutes of the Extraordinary Session, October 22, 186655
24.The Bishops' Pastoral Letter at the Close of the Second Plenary Council of Baltimore, 186657
25.America's First Black Catholic Priests: Bishop John B. Fitzpatrick, Bishop of Boston, to Archbishop John Hughes, Archbishop of New York, 185958
26.Bishop Healy Excuses Himself from Attendance at the Third Black Catholic Congress in Philadelphia, 189159
27.Father Augustus Tolton to John R. Slattery, S.S.J., on His Vocation, 189060
28.Father Tolton Writes St. Katherine Drexel, Foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 189162
29.Canon Benoit Notes in His Diary the Situation of Blacks in the United States, 187564
Part 5The Sound of Black Catholic Voices
30.John R. Slattery, S.S.J., and the Education of Black Priests, 189967
31.The Trials of a Black Priest, John Henry Dorsey, S.S.J., to John R. Slattery, S.S.J., 190370
32.Black Parishioners Write to Their Bishop, 188872
33.Daniel Rudd, Newspaper Editor, Lecturer, Lay Leader, 188874
34.Daniel Rudd Explains the Proposed Congress of Black Catholics, 188876
35.Daniel Rudd's Two Letters to William Henry Elder, Archbishop of Cincinnati, 188878
36.The Black Catholic Lay Congresses, 1889, 189379
37.Charles H. Butler of Washington, D.C., "The Condition and Future of the Negro Race," 189383
Part 6The "Color Line" of the Twentieth Century
38.Letter of Cardinal Gotti to the Apostolic Delegate on the Treatment of Black Catholics, 190487
39.A Report to the Holy See on the Situation of African Americans in the United States, 190388
40."The Catholic Church and the Negro," by Lincoln Valle: The Failure of the Catholic Church in the South to Reach Out to African Americans, 192389
41.Thomas Wyatt Turner, Black Catholic Lay Leader of the Twentieth Century, a Letter to an Archbishop on the Situation of Black Catholics, 1919, and Letter to the Bishops, 193290
42.Permission Granted to Found the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary, Savannah, 191694
43.Chronicle of the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary, 194195
44.Decision to Form a Fraternal Order for Black Catholics, 190996
45.The Colored Knights in Convention, 191697
46.Father Peter Janser, S.V.D., Informs the American Bishops of the Establishment of a Seminary to Teach Black Students for the Priesthood, 192198
47.Pope Pius XI Writes to the Superior General of the Society of the Divine Word to Give Support for the Education of African American Men to the Priesthood, 1923101
Part 7Mid-Century: Winds of Change
48.Claude McKay, Poet of the Harlem Renaissance, Convert, 1946-47103
49.The Third Door: The Autobiography of an American Negro Woman, by Ellen Tarry, 1955107
Part 8Civil Rights and African American Catholics
50.A Statement of the Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, 1968111
51.The Survival of Soul: National Black Sisters' Conference Position Paper, 1969114
52.Lawrence Lucas, A Black Priest Faces the Reality of Racism in the Catholic Church, 1970116
53.Joseph Davis, The Beginning of the National Office for Black Catholics, 1970118
54.National Office for Black Catholics, Black Perspectives on Evangelization of the Modern World, 1974121
55.Edward K. Braxton, "Toward a Black Catholic Theology," 1977124
56.The Black Catholic Theological Symposium, 1978127
Part 9The Church Addresses Racism
57.Bishop Vincent Waters Desegregates All Catholic Parishes in North Carolina, 1953131
58.U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter on Racism, 1979134
59.Black Bishops of the United States, Pastoral Letter on Evangelization, 1984135
60.Pontifical Commission for Justice and Peace, Statement on Racism, 1988137
61.Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the Black Bishops' Letter on Racism, 1989140
Part 10The Witness of African American Catholics: Challenge and Hope
62.Clarence Rivers, "The Gift of Music," 2001143
63.Bryan Massingale, "The African American Experience and United States Roman Catholic Ethics," 1997145
64.M. Shawn Copeland, "Catholic Theology: African American Context," 1998146
65.Thea Bowman, "Voice of the People, Voice of an Age," 1985148
66.Diana L. Hayes, Voice of Womanists, 1998151

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