Roman Catholicism in America

second edition

Chester Gillis

Columbia University Press

Roman Catholicism in America

Pub Date: March 2020

ISBN: 9780231142670

416 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: March 2020

ISBN: 9780231142663

416 Pages

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Pub Date: March 2020

ISBN: 9780231551212

416 Pages

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Roman Catholicism in America

second edition

Chester Gillis

Columbia University Press

Who are American Catholics and what do they believe and practice? How has American Catholicism influenced and been influenced by American culture and society? This book examines the history of American Catholics from the colonial era to the present, with an emphasis on changes and challenges in the contemporary church.

Chester Gillis chronicles America Catholics: where they have come from, how they have integrated into American society, and how the church has influenced their lives. He highlights key events and people, examines data on Catholics and their relationship to the church, and considers the church’s positions and actions on politics, education, and gender and sexuality in the context of its history and doctrines.

This second edition of Roman Catholicism in America pays particular attention to the tumultuous past twenty years and points toward the future of the religion in the United States. It examines the unprecedented crisis of sexual abuse by priests—the legal, moral, financial, and institutional repercussions of which continue to this day—and the bishops’ role in it. Gillis also discusses the election of Pope Francis and the controversial role Catholic leadership has played in American politics.
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Who Are American Catholics?
2. A Brief History of Catholics in America: Colonial Times to 1900
3. A Brief History of Catholics in America: 1900 to the Second Vatican Council
4. The Post–Vatican II Church in America
5. Teachings and Beliefs, Part I
6. Teachings and Beliefs, Part II
7. The Organization of the Church
8. The Church and Popular Culture
9. Challenges
10. The Francis Effect
Appendix 1: Select Profiles of American Catholics
Appendix 2: Timeline
Glossary of Terms
Notes
Selected Further Reading
Electronic Resources
Index

About the Author

Chester Gillis is interim provost of Saint Louis University and professor of theology at Georgetown University, where he also served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of Pluralism: A New Paradigm for Theology (1993) and editor of The Political Papacy: John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Their Influence (2005), among others.