A History of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States

A History of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States

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A History of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States

A History of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States

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The Catholic Church is conspicuous in the United States. The number of her adherents, the wealth of her churches, the activity of her religious orders of men and women, her parochial schools, colleges, academies, and universities, her compact and widespread hierarchical organization, attract universal attention. Whether the observers be friends or foes, she cannot be and is not ignored. She is a huge fact in the life of the republic. Her present homogeneity is remarkable if we consider the various sources whence she sprang and the various elements of which she is composed. The Southern States were originally evangelized from Spain. Florida, Alabama, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California received the gospel from Cuba and Mexico at the hand of missionaries who came from Spain, working under the jurisdiction of Spanish bishops residing in Spanish colonies. Their work began early in the sixteenth century. The Northern States were evangelized by missionaries who came from France and were under the jurisdiction of French bishops. Their work began in the first years of the seventeenth century. The . . .

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