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American Catholic : The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church

American Catholic : The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679742210

Cover of American Catholic : The Saints and Sinners Who Built America
ISBN13: 978-0679742210
ISBN10: 0679742212
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Times Books
Published: 1997
International: No

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American Catholic : The Saints and Sinners Who Built America's Most Powerful Church - 97 edition

ISBN13: 978-0679742210

Charles R. Morris

ISBN13: 978-0679742210
ISBN10: 0679742212
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 97
Publisher: Times Books

Published: 1997
International: No
Summary

Before the potato famine ravaged Ireland in the 1840s, the Roman Catholic Church was barely a thread in the American cloth. Twenty years later, New York City was home to more Irish Catholics than Dublin. Today, the United States boasts some sixty million members of the Catholic Church, which has become one of this country's most influential cultural forces.

In American Catholic, Charles R. Morris recounts the rich story of the rise of the Catholic Church in America, bringing to life the personalities that transformed an urban Irish subculture into a dominant presence nationwide. Here are the stories of rogues and ruffians, heroes and martyrs--from Dorothy Day, a convert from Greenwich Village Marxism who opened shelters for thousands, to Cardinal William O'Connell, who ran the Church in Boston from a Renaissance palazzo, complete with golf course. Morris also reveals the Church's continuing struggle to come to terms with secular, pluralist America and the theological, sexual, authority, and gender issues that keep tearing it apart. As comprehensive as it is provocative, American Catholic is a tour de force, a fascinating cultural history that will engage and inform both Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Author Bio

Morris, Charles R. :


Charles R. Morris is the author of many books and articles on a wide range of topics. His books include The Cost of Good Intentions: New York City and the Liberal Experiment, 1960-1975, chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the Best Books of the Year; and Computer Wars: The Fall of IBM and the Future of Global Technology, selected by Business Week as one of the ten best business books of the year. Mr. Morris is a regular contributor to The Atlantic, including his articles on Catholicism: "The Price of Orthodoxy" and "The Three Ages of the Catholic Church." He lives in New York City.

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