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Title:
Catholic & American : a popular history
Author:
Perko, F. Michael (Francis Michael)
Publication Information:
Huntington, Ind. : Our Sunday Visitor Pub. Division, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
371 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Language:
English
ISBN:
9780879734909
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Book

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Perko provides a cultural history of American Catholicism, utilizing not only official documents and statements of prominent church leaders, but also the experiences of the common layperson. He seeks to understand the development of Catholic parishes and such institutions as schools and hospitals, and also to unearth "the way Catholicism entered the lives of the men and women who comprised the community of faith" by looking at devotions and the forms of popular piety. Of particular interest in the latter regard are the phenomena of emigration and immigration and the shifts at the personal and parish level that occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. The biographical sketches concluding many of the chapters contribute in a vivid way to the history of "grassroots" American Catholicism. Intended for the general audience, this book is a welcome contribution, providing a complement to the institutional histories of the Catholic church in the U.S. Index. --Sheila McGinn-Moorer