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Tar Heel Catholics : A History of Catholicism in North Carolina - William F. Powers

Tar Heel Catholics

A History of Catholicism in North Carolina

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2003
ISBN: 9780761825982
Number Of Pages: 532

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Although today the largest religious denomination in the United States, until the 1960s, the Roman Catholic Church represented less than 1 percent of the population of North Carolina. Tar Heel Catholics recounts the story of the Catholic Church in what was long called "mission territory" on the doorstep of a rapidly developing American Catholic institutional presence. The explanation of this phenomenon lies in the history of the Deep South itself, including slavery, segregation, and the overwhelming religious dominance of the Baptist church. Tar Heel Catholics relates the great difficulty early churchmen encountered in attempting to establish Catholicism in an inhospitable environment. It was not until 1924 that North Carolina became the last state in the union to gain the status of a diocese.

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Overall, Powers' book is important because it is the first comprehensive overview of the Catholic Church in North Carolina. Tar Heel Catholics should serve as a springboard for all future scholarship on Catholicism in a state that has evolved from a backwater of Catholicism into one of the nation's most dynamic Catholic communities. -- John Quinterno, Assistant Director, Program on Southern Politics, Media,and Public Life, UNC-Chapel Hill
This book is reveting history... * The Catholic Historical Review *
This study is a welcome and informative addition to a growing southern Catholic historiography. -- James M. Woods, Georgia Southern University * Journal of Southern History *
Tar Heel Catholics is strongly recommended for any interested reader, regardless of faith, and will also become the necessary starting point for academic researchers pursuing all topics related to Catholicism in North Carolina. -- Donald Beagle, Belmont Abbey College * North Carolina Historical Review *

The Bridge to the Modern Worldp. 1
Bishop Waters & Civil Rightsp. 3
The Dream: A Church in Every Countyp. 29
The Sixties: Conflict & Changep. 61
A Seed Very Slow to Growp. 91
The Establishment of an Ecclesiastical Presence: Bishop John England & Judge William Gastonp. 93
The Search for a Just Society: Church Governance, Slavery, and Catholic Political Rightsp. 127
The Collapse & Reconstruction of the Church: The Civil War & Bishop James Gibbonsp. 161
The Belmont Era: Abbot Leo Haid & Father Pricep. 197
The Challenges of Expansionp. 233
A Diocese At Last: Bishops Hafey & McGuinnessp. 235
Pioneering Clergyp. 265
Western Expansion: The Diocese of Charlottep. 307
Evolving Ministries in a Diverse Churchp. 341
Religious Orders of Men & Womenp. 343
Racial & Ethnic Minoritiesp. 375
Toward A Collegial Churchp. 419
Abbreviations & Brief Citationsp. 445
Notesp. 447
Selected Bibliographyp. 493
About The Authorp. 499
Indexp. 501
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ISBN: 9780761825982
ISBN-10: 0761825983
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 532
Published: 1st October 2003
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.7  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.69