American -- the Roman Catholics by Patrick W. Carey
Kauffman, Christopher J., The Catholic Historical Review
The Roman Catholics. By Patrick W. Carey.
Denominations in America, Number 6.
(Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. 1993. Pp. x, 375. $55.00.)
A volume in the publisher's "Denominations in America" series edited by Henry Warner Bowden, this work is organized according to a prescribed design: Part One includes the historical narrative and analysis of the principal persons, trends, and topics that dominate eight chapters from 1492 to 1990; Part Two is a Biographical Dictionary of Roman Catholic Leaders. Because of his previous works on trusteeism, John England, and several topics in American Catholic life and thought, Patrick W. Carey reveals a thorough familiarity with the complex intersection of religion and American culture. Hence, each of the chapters is thematically developed with a fine balance between general trends and factual evidence.
Drawing upon his publications on the contours of specific periods, such as Republican and Romantic Catholicism, Carey frames the narrative on themes related to religious identities. In a sense each mural depicts the dynamic relationship between such institutions as parishes, schools, religious orders, episcopal leadership and trusteeism, parish missions, ethnic separatism, spirituality, and ecclesiology. …