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In Search of an American Catholicism: A History of Religion and Culture in Tension

Jay P. Dolan


Catholics have struggled to reconcile two sets of values, those as Americans and those as Catholics, for more than 200 years, and in this book, Jay Dolan explores how Catholics have met these challenges as New World followers of an Old World faith. He argues that the ideals of democracy – and American culture in general – have deeply shaped Catholicism in the U.S.A., even as far back as 1789, when the nation's first bishop was elected by the clergy (and the pope accepted their choice). Dolan follows the tension between American democratic values and the Catholic doctrine, from the conservative ... More

Keywords: American Catholicism, American culture, Catholicism, culture, democracy, history, U.S.A

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195069266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195069269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay P. Dolan, author
Notre Dame University
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