American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic by James J. Hennesey

By James J. Hennesey

Written via one of many most excellent historians of yank Catholicism, this e-book offers a entire historical past of the Roman Catholic Church in the US from colonial occasions to the current. Hennesey examines, specifically, minority Catholics and advancements within the western a part of the us, a area frequently ignored in spiritual histories.

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Village bands and choirs were organized. Mission property was held in trust by the Franciscans, who clothed, fed, and housed the Indians. In return the Indians worked the fields and herds and learned Christian doctrine and prayers. They also felt painfully their loss of freedom. More can be said about this darker side of the otherwise impressive accomplishments of the California missions. Nomadic and generally indolent Indians did not take easily to the confinement of mission life. Even in its moderate Spanish form, the work ethic was not for them.

Louis cathedral in New Orleans when he died in 1829 and was buried with Masonic rites. Difficulties with the church wardens continued until 1844. IV English America: Maryland The civilization and culture which laid the foundations of the future United States was English and Protestant. England's continuing 16th- and 17th-century religious reformation is therefore central to an understanding of religious aspects of American colonization. Early explorers were sent out towards the end of the 15th century by a Catholic king, Henry VII, but actual settlement was delayed and only under James I were permanent roots put down at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607.

The most substantial Catholic settlement was in Maryland, a proprietary col- 38 AMERICAN CATHOLICS ony granted by King Charles I in 1632 to Caecilius Calvert, second Baron Baltimore, and named for the ill-fated monarch's French queen, Henrietta Marie. " Baltimore's purposes were certainly political and mercantile. They were also religious. Like his father before him, he was a Roman Catholic—a proscribed papist.

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