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Roman Catholicism in the United StatesA Thematic History$
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Margaret M. McGuinness and James T. Fisher

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823282760

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823282760.001.0001

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American Catholic Social Thought in the Twentieth Century

American Catholic Social Thought in the Twentieth Century

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(p.219) Ten American Catholic Social Thought in the Twentieth Century
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Roman Catholicism in the United States
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Christopher Shannon

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282760.003.0011

This chapter argues that the best early twentieth-century Catholic social thinkers engaged the broader culture but were never assimilated by it. Their sacramental imaginations and openness to supernatural intervention represented a sign of contradiction against the faith-free academic social science in rapid ascent at the time. This prophetic option was especially appealing to converts, anti-modernists, and ex-radicals, but in the 1930s and 1940s it slowly found favor among a cohort of young ethnic Catholics, particularly those exposed to the Catholic Worker movement. The chapter further argues that sporadic attempts by prophetic Catholics to influence secular culture undermined the movement's spiritual foundation.

Keywords:   Catholics, social thinkers, Catholicism, secular culture, social thought

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