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Catholics in the Vatican II Era

Catholics in the Vatican II Era
Local Histories of a Global Event


Jeffrey M. Burns, John C. Seitz, Gilles Routhier, Jennifer Scheper Hughes, Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Kathleen Holscher, Andrew Moore, Sol Serrano, Luz María Díaz de Valdés, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Marjet Derks, Massimo Faggioli, Alana Harris, Joseph A. Komonchak
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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107141162

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  • Debates about the meaning of Vatican II and its role in modern Catholic and global history have largely focused on close theological study of its authoritative documents. This volume of newly commissioned essays contends that the historical significance of the council is best examined where these messages encountered the particular circumstances of the modern world: in local dioceses around the world. Each author examines the social, political, and domestic circumstances of a diocese, asking how they produced a distinctive lived experience of the Council and its aftermath. How did the Council change relationships and institutions? What was it like for laymen and women, for clergy, for nuns, for powerful first-world dioceses and for those in what we now know as the global south? A comparative reading of these chapters affords insights into these dimensions of Vatican II, and will spark a new generation of research into the history of twentieth-century Catholicism as both international and local.

    • Contains essays by many of the most important Catholic historians today
    • Its global reach allows readers to compare/contrast local experiences in North America, Europe, India, and Chile
    • The volume takes interpersonal relationships as a serious category for historical analysis and encourages readers to understand intimate and contingent factors as critical for understanding why historical events played out as they did
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    '… an important and timely volume … Cummings, Matovina, and Orsi have brought together a valuable resource for historians of global Catholicism.' Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, British Catholic History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107141162
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 164 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. North American Essays:
    1. The limits of reform: rights, change and sexuality in San Francisco, 1962–1987 Jeffrey M. Burns
    2. An emotional history of Vatican II: relationships at St John's Seminary, Boston, 1959–1971 John C. Seitz
    3. Restructuring pastoral initiatives: the intersection of Vatican II and the quiet revolution in the Archdiocese of Quebec Gilles Routhier
    4. Traditionalist Catholicism in Mexico: liturgical renewal and the 'problem' of popular religion in the diocese of Cuernavaca Jennifer Scheper Hughes
    5. Through the prism of race: the archdiocese of Detroit Leslie Woodcock Tentler
    6. 'A spirituality you can put a handle on': Vatican II, memory, and ministry in rural New Mexico Kathleen Holscher
    7. 'You still just can't see us': being black and Catholic in Atlanta Andrew Moore
    Part II. International Essays:
    8. Catholic mobilization and ecclesial leadership in Santiago de Chile, 1957–1989 Sol Serrano and Luz María Díaz de Valdés
    9. Vatican II and the politics of the liturgy in the archdiocese of Bangalore Brandon Vaidyanathan
    10. Transformation in the diocese of 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, 1960–1985 Marjet Derks
    11. Vatican II and the governance of the local church: the diocese of Ferrara, 1959–1976 Massimo Faggioli
    12. A fresh stripping of the altars? Liturgical language and the legacy of the reformation in England, 1964–1984 Alana Harris
    Afterword: the council and the churches Joseph A. Komonchak.

  • Editors

    Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Kathleen Sprows Cummings is Associate Professor of American Studies and History and Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her research focuses on the history of women and American religion, particularly US Catholicism. She is the author of New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era (2009).

    Timothy Matovina, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
    Timothy Matovina is Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He specializes in US Catholic and US Latino theology and religion. Among his most recent books are Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church (2012), and the edited volume Virgilio Elizondo: Spiritual Writings (2010).

    Robert A. Orsi, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Robert A. Orsi is Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois. He studies religion in the US, with a focus on American Catholicism in both historical and ethnographic perspective. Orsi's most recent book is History and Presence (2016).


    Jeffrey M. Burns, John C. Seitz, Gilles Routhier, Jennifer Scheper Hughes, Leslie Woodcock Tentler, Kathleen Holscher, Andrew Moore, Sol Serrano, Luz María Díaz de Valdés, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Marjet Derks, Massimo Faggioli, Alana Harris, Joseph A. Komonchak

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