Politics and Religious Authority: American Catholics since the Second Vatican Council

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important in that it marks a shift in the tactics and message of church leaders and the laity. And American Catholic politics has not escaped its influence.


NOTES
1.
See, for example, James L. Guth, Ted G. Jelen, Lyman A. Kellstedt, Corwin E. Smidt, and Kenneth D. Wald, "The Politics of Religion in America: Issues for Investigation," American Politics Quarterly 16, no. 3 ( July 1988), esp. pp. 374-377; Charles W. Dunn, ed., Religion in American Politics ( Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1989); James A. Reichley, Religion in American Public Life ( Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 1985); Kenneth D. Wald, Religion and Politics in the United States ( New York: St. Martin's Press, 1987); Kathleen Murphy Beatty and Oliver Walter, "A Group Theory of Religion and Politics: The Clergy as Group Leaders," Western Political Quarterly. 42, no. 1 ( March 1989), pp. 129-146, and "Fundamentalists, Evangelicals and Politics," American Politics Quarterly 16, no. 1 ( January 1988), pp. 43-59; James L. Guth, "Pastoral Politics in the 1988 Election: Protestant Clergy and Political Mobilization" ( Paper presented at the 1989 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Atlanta, Georgia); Robert Lemer, Stanley Rothman, and S. Robert Lichter , "Christian Religious Elites," Public Opinion ( March/April 1989), pp. 54-59. For earlier studies, see Jeffrey K. Hadden, The Gathering Storm in the Churches ( Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969); Harold E. Quinley , The Prophetic Clergy: Social Activism among Protestant Ministers ( New York: Wiley, 1974).
2.
See Andrew M. Greeley, The American Catholic: A Social Portrait ( New York: Basic Books, 1977), p. 20.
3.
Reported in Norman J. Ornstein, Thomas E. Mann, and Michael J. Malbin , Vital Statistics on Congress: 1991-1992 ( Washington, D.C.: Congressional Quarterly, 1992), pp. 35-37.
4.
"Bishops Warn Politicians on Abortion," New York Times, November. 8, 1989, p. A10; "Legislator Barred from Catholic Rite," New York Times, November 17, 1989, p. A11; "New Brooklyn Bishop Named; To Bar Cuomo Over Abortion," New York Times, February 20, 1990, p. 1; Joe Feuerherd, "Death Penalty Makes Political Hay: Bishop Puts Lawmaker on New York Hot Seat," National Catholic Reporter, June 1, 1990, p. 3. For details on Bishop Hallinan's actions against segregationist politicians, see Thomas J. Shelley, "Paul J. Hallinan," in Gerald P. Fogarty, ed., Patterns of Episcopal Leadership ( New York: Macmillan, 1989), pp. 235-249.
5.
Stating that in "too many situations where death or injury occurs in automobile accidents, the driver is at fault," the bishops condemned reckless driving as "sinful." See A Statement on Traffic Safety, November 17, 1957, in Hugh J. Nolan, ed., Pastoral Letters of the United States Catholic Bishops, vol.

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  • Recent Titles in Contributions to the Study of Religion ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Preface xi
  • Chapter 1 Introduction 1
  • Notes 8
  • Chapter 2 Religion, Political Development, and Change 11
  • Conclusion 27
  • Notes 28
  • Chapter 3 Religious Contributions to Political Culture 33
  • Conclusion 43
  • Notes 44
  • Chapter 4 Catholic Social Teaching and the Second Vatican Council 47
  • Conclusion 60
  • Notes 60
  • Chapter 5 Politics and the U.S. Catholic Bishops 65
  • Conclusion 90
  • Notes 92
  • Chapter 6 Religion, Politics, and the Catholic Laity 99
  • Conclusion 116
  • Notes 116
  • Chapter 7 Conclusion: The Enduring Connection Between Religion and Politics 123
  • Notes 129
  • References 131
  • Index 145
  • About the Author 153
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