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Catholic Bishops in American Politics.

By: Byrnes, Timothy A.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 1 online resource (188 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781400862375.Subject(s): Catholic Church -- Political activity -- United States | Catholic Church -- United States -- Bishops -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Church history -- 20th century | United States -- Politics and government -- 1945-1989 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1981-1989 | United States -- Politics and government -- 1989-1993Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Catholic Bishops in American PoliticsDDC classification: 261.8 LOC classification: BX1407.B57 -- B85 1991Online resources: Click here to view book
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Byrnes chronicles the American bishops' political activity from the foundation of the Republic. Before the Second Vatican Council they had to prove Catholic patriotism and they usually functioned as holders of local fiefs rather than as a national body. They issued annual statements on public issues that rarely proved timely or stirred much interest, even among themselves. The theological sea-change that took place at Vatican II made them into a national hierarchy and marked the beginning of their emergence as a pro-active force in national politics. Byrnes generally tells the story well of their forays into national electoral politics since the 1970s, their preoccupation with abortion, and the circumstances of their major pastorals on peace and the economy. Richard McBrien's Caesar's Coin (CH, Jul'87) and Garry Wills's Under God: Religion and American Politics (1990) complement this book nicely. Undergraduates in political science, American history, and religious studies can profitably use this book and its helpful bibliography.-D. A. Brown, California State University, Fullerton

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