American Catholic History A Documentary Reader

ISBN-10: 0814757464

ISBN-13: 9780814757468

Edition: 2008

Authors: Mark Massa, Catherine Osborne

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"A unique collection of primary sources that everyone interested in the presence and contributions of Catholics in America should read. With its multidisciplinary breadth, this volume truly represents Catholic Studies." Chester Gillis, author of Roman Catholicism in America This rich documentary collection thematically engages U.S. Catholicism both in the life of the nation and in the lives of everyday believers. It is a welcome single-volume reference of primary documents on American Catholicism suitable for course adoption. Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame Catholics were among the early Spanish explorers to the New World, and they have a long and rich history in the United States. By taking account of significant letters, diaries, theological reflections, and other primary documents, we can listen to the voices of what real Catholics in this country have thought, believed, feared, and dreamed. American Catholic History makes available original documents produced in North America from the earliest missionary voyages in the sixteenth century up to the present day. The texts have been selected to illuminate the complex history, beliefs, and practices of what has become North American Roman Catholicism. They are prefaced by brief editorial introductions which provide historical and biographical context for the texts. They illuminate broad themes in the development of the tradition, from its grappling with new frontiers to its long-time status as outside mainstream culture, and from its intellectual life and political engagement to patterns of worship and spirituality. American Catholic History offers an overview of the American Catholic experience from both the top down of institutional and intellectual history as well as from the bottom up of social, devotional, womens and ethnic histories.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 287
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Mark Massa, S.J., is the Karl Rahner Professor of Theology and the co-director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. He is the author of Catholics and American Culture and Anti-Catholicism in America.

Catherine Osborne is a doctoral student at Fordham University.

Frontiers and Encounter
Sublimus Deus (1537)
Meeting of a Spanish Missionary with a Navajo Apache Chief (1630)
The English Jesuits Establish the Maryland Mission (1634)
Brebeuf, "Instructions to Our Fathers Who Shall Be Sent to the Hurons" (1637)
Maryland's Act of Religious Toleration (1649)
Hennepin's "Description of Missionary Difficulties with Natives" (1697)
Massachusetts's "Act Against Jesuits and Priests" (1700)
Report on Catholicism in the English Colonies (1773)
First American Report to the Propaganda Fide (1785)
John Carroll's Letter on Lay Trusteeism (1786)
Report on Catholic Life in New Orleans (1795)
First Council of Baltimore (1829)
Benedicta Riepp Defends Nuns' Autonomy (1857, 1859)
Further Suggested Reading
Alexis de Tocqueville on American Catholics (1835)
John Hughes Condemns the New York Public School Society (1841)
The American Protestant Association (1842)
Archbishop Hughes Explains American Liberty to Rome (1858)
"Roman Instruction on Catholic Children in Public Schools" (1875)
Isaac Hecker on Catholic Scholasticism in America (1887)
John Ireland, Introduction to the Life of Father Hecker (1891)
Testem Benevolentiae Condemns "Americanism" (1899)
"Report on the Religious Conditions of Puerto Ricans in New York" (1951)
John LaFarge on Race Relations (1956)
Patty Crowley and the Birth Control Commission (1965)
U.S. Bishops on "The Challenge of Peace" (1983)
Hispanic Deacons to Cardinal O'Connor (1988)
Michael Novak on the "Spirit of Capitalism" (1993)
Further Suggested Reading
Catholicism and the Intellectual Life
John Tracy Ellis, "American Catholics and the Intellectual Life" (1955)
John Courtney Murray, We Hold These Truths (1960)
Madeleva Wolff, "Educating Our Daughters as Women" (1961)
"Land O'Lakes" Statement on Catholic Universities (1967)
Flannery O'Connor on Being a "Catholic" Writer (1969)
Andrew Greeley, "Models for Viewing American Catholicism" (1977)
Elizabeth Johnson, "To Speak Rightly of God" (1992)
Further Suggested Reading
Bishop John England on Slavery (1840)
Cardinal Gibbons Defends the Knights of Labor (1887)
John A. Ryan and the Bishops' Program for Social Reconstruction (1919)
Joseph Nevins, "Education to Catholic Marriage" (1928)
Dorothy Day, "Loaves and Fishes" (1933)
Katharine M. Byrne, "Happy Little Wives and Mothers" (1956)
John F. Kennedy, "Address to Southern Baptist Leaders" (1960)
"Dignity and the Priest" (1961)
Dr. John Rock, "The Pill" (1963)
Kay Toy Fenner, "American Catholic Dating Guidelines" (1963)
Sister Jean Reidy, C.H.M., "Nuns in Ordinary Clothes" (1967)
"Statement by Catholic Theologians" and "Dissent in and for the Church" (1968 & 1969)
Phyllis Schlafly, "What's Wrong with 'Equal Rights' for Women?" (1972)
Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, "A Consistent Ethic of Life" (1983)
Richard John Neuhaus, "The Catholic Moment" (1987)
Andrew Sullivan, "Alone Again, Naturally" (1994)
Further Suggested Reading
Worship & the Spiritual Life
Preparing for Confession (1792)
"Sunday Morning Mass" (1868)
The Baltimore Catechism (1885)
James Cardinal Gibbons, "The Invocation of the Saints" (1892)
The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1897)
"Litany for the Conversion of America" (1908)
"The Passion Play of the West" (1910)
"Youth and Catholic Leadership" (1936)
William Leonard, S.J., on the Missa Recitata in Wartime (1943-45)
U.S. Catholic Bishops, "Regulations on Fast and Abstinence" (1951)
Patrick Peyton & the Family Rosary Crusade (1951)
American Catholics from World War II to the 1970s: Photographs from the Collections of the Library of Congress
"How the 'People of God' Want to Worship" (1964)
Father Gommar De Pauw, J.C.D., "The Catholic Traditionalist Manifesto" (1964)
Thomas Merton, "Fourth and Walnut Vision" (1966)
Daniel Lowery, CSSR, "A 'Piety Void?'" (1966)
Mary Papa, "People Having a Good Time Praying" (1969)
Garry Wills, "Memories of a Catholic Boyhood" (1972)
Albert Ottenweller, "A Call to Restructure the Parish" (1975)
Judith Tate O'Brien, "Presenting My Entire Self to God" (1984)
Further Suggested Reading
Source List
About the Editors
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