Roman Catholicism and the American Way of Life

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JOSEPH H. FICHTER, S.J.*


IX. The Americanization of Catholicism

An analysis of the Americanization process of Catholics is made difficult because of the variety of definitions of the term and because of the variety of criteria employed to measure the process. The diversity of definition seems to stem from the fact that Americanization is a relative term. We are not easily able to determine exactly at what point the person or group has become "completely" Americanized; and there is no wide agreement on the particulars (patterns of thinking and acting) that may serve as norms of Americanism.


WHAT IS AMERICANIZATION?

From the historical point of view, and in sociological terminology, it appears that Americanization of Catholics has not been one but several social processes. We may say that the processes of socialization, accommodation and assimilation have all occurred more or less simultaneously. Socialization means that the society transmits its culture from one generation to the next, and from the native-born to the foreign-born immigrants. The individual "takes on" the customs of the society in which he lives. Accommodation is the process in which persons or groups interact in order to prevent, reduce, or eliminate conflict. It is a means of living peacefully, of co-existing with one another, which may eventually lead to positive cooperation. Assimilation, or acculturation, is a process through which persons or groups accept and perform one another's patterns of behavior so that the resultant pat-

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Father Joseph H. Fichter, S.J., is head of the Department of Sociology in Loyola University in New Orleans and author of Dynamics of a City Church ( 1951), Social Relations in Urban Parish ( 1954), and Parochial School: A Sociological Study ( 1958).

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