The political advocacy of the American Catholic Bishops at the state level is one of the Church's best-kept secrets. In this groundbreaking work, David Yamane reveals the rich history, accomplishments, and challenges of bishops and their lay colleagues in local politics. Through sociological analysis, up-to-date examples, and personal interviews, Yamane explains how the local Catholic advocacy organizations in thirty-three states and Washington, D.C., negotiate the tension between the prophetic demands of faith and the political realities of secular political institutions. The Catholic Church in State Politics invites readers to understand better the role of religion in the public square.
David Yamane is assistant professor of sociology at Wake Forest University, where he specializes in postwar American Catholicism. He is author of Student Movements for Multiculturalism and editor of Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Governor and the Archbishop Chapter 2 History: From John Carroll to the Maryland Catholic Conference Chapter 3 Organization: State Catholic Conferences as Dual Structures Chapter 4 Issues: The Seamless Garment in Action Chapter 5 Legitimacy: Political Influence and the Catholic Watergate Chapter 6 Discourse: Liberally Clothing the Naked Public Square Chapter 7 Conclusion: Catholic Political Advocacy in Secular Society: Future Challenges Chapter 8 Appendix