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American CatholicThe Politics of Faith During the Cold War$
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D. G. Hart

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700576

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700576.001.0001

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Freedom and Roman Catholicism in Postconciliar America

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American Catholic

D. G. Hart

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses the trend among Roman Catholics to emphasize being “American Catholics” rather than “Catholic Americans” with emphasis on the adjective modifying the noun. It looks at David Gelertner's proposal that Americanism itself was the fourth biblical religion. It also mentions Michael Novak and George Weigel, who were responsible for an unprecedented rise in public religiosity in the United States. The chapter explores the synthesis of modern politics and conservative Roman Catholicism and neo-Americanism that became unsustainable in the first decade of the new century. It describes the Fortnight for Freedom, an annual program that became a vehicle of protest and voice of neo-Americanism.

Keywords:   Roman Catholics, American Catholics, Catholic Americans, Americanism, public religiosity, neo-Americanism

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