American Catholic Experience

  • A History from Colonial Times to the Present

  • by Jay P. Dolan

  • 504 pages, 6.00 x 9.00

  • Paperback | 9780268006396 | September 1992

  • eBook (Web PDF) | 9780268201142 | September 2020


Spanning nearly 500 years, The American Catholic Experience describes the Catholic experience from the arrival of Columbus and the other European explorers to the present day. Jay P. Dolan discusses Catholicism as it spread across the New World, transforming—and being transformed by—the land and its people. The book traces the evolution of the urban ethnic communities by examining the vital contributions of the immigrant church to Catholicism. Finally, Dolan examines the controversy of the modern church and the extraordinary changes in the Catholic consciousness as it comes to grips with such contemporary social and theological issues as war and peace, the arms race, abortion, social justice, the ordination of women, and a married clergy.