Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church, 1900-1965
Paperback | 9780268014285 | September 1994
Within the American Catholic Church the Mexican American legacy is the longest, as is their struggle for full acceptance in the institutional church. In this volume three historians examine religious history, focusing on Mexican American faith communities. Originally published in 1994.
Jay P. Dolan is professor emeritus of history at the University of Notre Dame, where he founded the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. He is the author of several books, including The American Catholic Experience: A History from Colonial Times to the Present.
“[This] is an excellent book for anyone who desires to understand the struggles of the Catholic Church in building bridges from a Euro-American culture to a Hispanic culture. . . . a major resource for anyone who desires to know more about how to appreciate another culture and how to build bridges to that culture.”
“Few historians have studied Mexican-American Catholicism, though many have suggested its importance in Chicano history. Mexian Americans and the Catholic Church is a pioneering effort that begins to redress this long-standing neglect through three essays focused on Texas and the Southwest, California, and the Midwest. . . . In beginning to identify the contours of Mexican-American Catholic history, these essays provide much to contemplate and pursue for those seeking a fuller understanding of Chicano history and the importance of religion in the American experience. . . . An invaluable and long overdue book.”