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Empowering the People of GodCatholic Action before and after Vatican II$
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Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, and Christopher Denny

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254002

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254002.001.0001

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. “The Priesthood of the Layman”

. “The Priesthood of the Layman”

Catholic Action in the Archdiocese of San Francisco

(p.76) 3. “The Priesthood of the Layman”
Empowering the People of God

William Issel

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Bill Issel explores how an archdiocesan initiative to educate younger Catholics in the essentials of the faith in northern California provided the basis for a model of Catholic Action that allowed Catholic laypeople to apply their faith to areas of public concern ranging from the suppression of indecent literature to the resolution of labor disputes and the wartime resettlement of displaced persons. Focusing on the careers of Joseph Alito and Sylvester Andriano, Issel demonstrates how Catholic Action helped bring the Catholic Church out of its social isolation and enabled its members to embrace civic activism.

Keywords:   Bishop Mitty, Catholic Action, Joseph Alioto, Public Morality, San Francisco, Social Reform, Sylvester Andriano

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