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By Russell Shaw

Has the Americanization of yank Catholics-their cultural assimilation, that is-been a blessing or a curse for the Church within the usa? Or has it been slightly both?

In American Church Russell Shaw takes a looking examine that query and reaches a hectic end. Cultural assimilation, which was once ardently championed via churchmen just like the nice Cardinal James Gibbons of Baltimore round the flip of the final century, has surely conferred many merits on Catholics. Their absorption into the secular tradition of the USA, even though, now threatens the Catholic identification of hundreds of thousands of trustworthy and in their associations, akin to colleges, universities, and hospitals.

Shaw doesn't provide this end as an unsupported generalization. American Church is a richly documented research of a strategy extending over centuries. colourful characters and dramatic incidents abound, together with the nineteenth-century highbrow feud among Orestes Brownson and the Transcendentalist convert to Catholicism Isaac Hecker, Pope Leo XIII's condemnation of Americanism, the anti-Catholicism that greeted the presidential campaigns of Al Smith and John F. Kennedy, and the varied intra-Church conflicts that experience divided American Catholics because the moment Vatican Council.

In concluding his learn, Shaw bargains a few thought-provoking feedback approximately what the Church in the US must do now within the face of an ongoing decline that's sapping its power and should threaten its very survival.

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