Although today the largest religious denomination in the United States, until the 1960s the Roman Catholic Church represented less than 1% of North Carolina's population. Tar Heel Catholics recounts the story of the Catholic Church in what was long called 'mission territory' on the doorstep of a rapidly developing American Catholic institutional presence. The explanation of this phenomenon lies in the history of the Deep South itself, including slavery, segregation, and the overwhelming religious dominance of the Baptist church.
William F. Powers was Professor of Sociology at Suffolk Community College until his retirement in 1999.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Chronology Chapter 4 The Bridge to the Modern World: Bishop Waters & Civil Rights; The Dream: A Church in Every County; The Sixties: Conflict & Change Chapter 5 A Seed Very Slow to Grow: The Establishment of an Ecclesiastical Presence: Bishop John England & Judge William Gaston; The Search for a Just Society: Church Governance, Slavery, and Catholic Political Rights; The Collapse & Reconstruction of the Chu Chapter 6 The Challenges of Expansion: A Diocese at Last: Bishops Hafey & McGuinness; Pioneering Clergy; Western Expansion: The Diocese of Charlotte Chapter 7 Evolving Ministries in a Diverse Church: Religious Orders of Men & Women; Racial & Ethnic Minorities; Toward a Collegial Church Chapter 8 Abbreviations & Brief Citations Chapter 9 Notes Chapter 10 Selected Bibliography Chapter 11 About the Author Chapter 12 Index