Most histories of Catholicism in the United States focus on the experience of Euro-American Catholics, whose views on social issues have dominated public debates. Latino Catholicism provides a comprehensive overview of the Latino Catholic experience in America from the sixteenth century to today, and offers the most in-depth examination to date of the important ways the U.S. Catholic Church, its evolving Latino majority, and American culture are mutually transforming one another. In Latino Catholicism, Timothy Matovina highlights the vital contributions of Latinos to American religious and social life, demonstrating in particular how their engagement with the U.S. cultural milieu is the most significant factor behind their ecclesial and societal impact.
Timothy Matovina is professor of theology and executive director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame. His books include "Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present" and "Horizons of the Sacred: Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism".
Preface vii Abbreviations xiii Chapter 1: Remapping American Catholicism 1 Chapter 2: Integration 42 Chapter 3: Hispanic Ministry 67 Chapter 4: Parishes and Apostolic Movements 98 Chapter 5: Leadership 132 Chapter 6: Worship and Devotion 162 Chapter 7: Public Catholicism 190 Chapter 8: Passing on the Faith 219 Epilogue: Transformation in America's Largest Church 245 Notes 251 Bibliography 273 Index 303