Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lone Star Bishops: The Roman Catholic Hierarchy in Texas

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Lone Star Bishops: The Roman Catholic Hierarchy in Texas

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Lone Star Bishops: The Roman Catholic Hierarchy in Texas. By Franklin C. Williams,jr. (Waco: Texian Press. 1997. Pp. xi, 621. $25.00.)

In the preface to his study, the author states that, while he was always interested in the history of Texas, his particular attraction to the Catholic narrative of the state found its initial inspiration in his reading of Carlos Eduardo Castaneda's seven-volume study, Our Catholic Heritage in 7i:as. The final result of Williams' dedication to the story of the growth of the Catholic Church in Texas is his lengthy and detailed Lone Star Bishops: The Roman Catholic Hierarchy in Texas, a book that consumed more than twenty years in being researched and written. Dr. Williams is an independent scholar who has taught history at Stephen E Austin State University@ Austin Peay State University, East Texas State University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he earned his doctorate in history.

Williams' tome is organized into two parts, each of which could have been published as a smaller but valued contribution to the historiography of the Catholic Church in Texas. The first 184 pages of Lone Star Bishops, Part One, surveys in consider-able depth varied aspects of the formation and operation of the episcopacy in Texas. This section of Williams' effort is divided into eleven areas. In his treatment here Williams offers an overview of the Province of San Antonio, comments on the foundation of the office of bishop, describes the formative education of a bishop for Texas, analyzes the theological and juridical nature of the episcopate, defines bow a bishop is designated, identifies types of bishops and their duties, reflects on episcopal style, reviews the development of the province of San Antonio within Texas, focuses on the topic of the bishop and his diocese, speaks to finances, and finishes Part One with what he refers to as "Roman Catholic Bishops in Texas: A Processional. …

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