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Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action before and after Vatican II

Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, and Christopher Denny


In the decades that separated the Roaring Twenties from Vatican II, Catholic Action inspired laypeople to participate in the work of the Church’s hierarchy. In endeavors that ranged from religious education and liturgical renewal to labor activism and immigrant outreach, this movement permitted the Church to maintain its distinctiveness while simultaneously engaging with the wider American culture. In the aftermath of the Second World War, however, a new generation of Catholics increasingly chafed against the hierarchical ideal of Catholic Action and found in the Second Vatican Council’s defin ... More

Keywords: Apostolate, Catholic Action, Catholic Bishops, Catholic Church, Ecclesiology, Laity, People of God, Vatican II, Women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823254002
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823254002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Bonner, editor

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly, editor
Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts at Valparaiso University

Christopher Denny, editor
St. John's University

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Jeremy Bonner, Jeffrey M. Burns, and Christopher D. Denny

Part I: Catholic Action

4 From Participation to Community

Christopher D. Denny

Part II: The People of God

6 Relevant Transformations

Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello

7 Reaching Out to the People of God

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

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