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Paul Hanly FurfeyPriest, Scientist, Social Reformer$
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Nicholas K. Rademacher

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276769

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276769.001.0001

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Engaging Debates Concerning Public Catholicism

Engaging Debates Concerning Public Catholicism

(p.56) 3 Engaging Debates Concerning Public Catholicism
Paul Hanly Furfey

Nicholas K. Rademacher

Fordham University Press

Paul Hanly Furfey chose to pursue Social Work in his doctoral studies as a way to best witness to the Christian tradition. As a graduate student, Furfey served in a parish near the university and worked for John O’Grady at Catholic Charities. At Catholic Charities, Furfey became involved in a broader debate over the extent to which Catholic youth should mix with Protestant or secular communities for recreation. Furfey disagreed with Boy Scout leaders who urged Catholics to mix indiscriminately with other children at their camps. Furfey agreed that should Catholics attend BSA camps but only under Catholic auspices. Furfey also disagreed with his Catholic counterpart, Kilian Hennrich of the Catholic Boys Brigade. Hennrich insisted that Catholic boy scouts remain completely separate from non-Catholic institutions where the children might be pulled away from the Catholic Church by Protestant proselytizers or secular indifference. Furfey argued that a compromise was possible in maintaining a Catholic ethos among Catholic boys within a broader secular camping experience. Furfey’s dissertation, later published as a book, The Gang Age, engaged the latest research in the burgeoning field of boyology. His work at the parish and Catholic Charities provided him direct contact with the field.

Keywords:   Boy Scouts of America, boyology, Catholic Boys Brigade, Catholic charities, gangs, William Kerby, National Council of Catholic Men (NCCM), National Catholic Welfare Council, “scientific charity”, Scouts/Scouting

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