The Beginnings of Roman Catholicism in Connecticut

The Beginnings of Roman Catholicism in Connecticut

The Beginnings of Roman Catholicism in Connecticut

The Beginnings of Roman Catholicism in Connecticut

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It is well known that, in its early religious history, the colony of Connecticut was thoroughly Protestant in origin, sentiment, and persuasion, but it is not so well known that Congregationalism was organized in town and in state as an established church. There was some degree of union of church and state in Connecticut from the opening years of the colony onward into statehood up to the year 1818. That there should have appeared any Roman Catholicism at all in such a territory where Puritan membership in the established church was almost a prerequisite for the exercise of civic privileges is a matter of surprise.

The beginnings of the Roman Catholic Church in Connecticut differed from the origins of the same church in such states as Maryland, where English Catholics were the original settlers; as Michigan, Missouri, and Louisiana, where the earliest inhabitants were French Catholics; as Florida, California, and New Mexico, where the earliest settlers were Catholic missionaries sent in the wake of the . . .

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