Publisher description for American Catholic : the saints and sinners who built America's most powerful church / Charles R. Morris.

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Counter Few religions generate the type of emotional appeal, both positive and negative, associated with the Catholic Church. The role of women, abortion, sexuality, education, and politics all have been the subject of the Church's vast influence. This important, controversial, and colorful book recounts the recent history of the American Catholic Church, from the early 19th century to its dominant position in the 1950s to its relative decline today.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Catholic Church United States History 19th century, Catholic Church United States History 20th century, United States Church history 19th century, United States Church history 20th century