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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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Praying in the Public Square: Catholic Piety Meets Civil Rights, War, and Abortion

Praying in the Public Square: Catholic Piety Meets Civil Rights, War, and Abortion

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(p.264) Twelve Praying in the Public Square: Catholic Piety Meets Civil Rights, War, and Abortion
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Roman Catholicism in the United States
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James P. McCartin

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823282760.003.0013

This chapter focuses on Milwaukee priest James Groppi, who marched alongside local African American children boycotting public schools to protest racial inequality. It reaffirms that deep into the postwar era “integralism—the integration of Christian practice into all activities of one's everyday life—provided the spiritual foundation for Catholic activism.” Integral Catholics heeded the call of American Jesuit Gerald Ellard to “live ... with the life of Christ living within us.” This practice of piety changed politics, and then piety itself was changed via personal experiences of prophetic Catholicism in action. This prophetic mode became Dorothy Day's “radical” daily witness beginning in the 1930s; three decades later it approached normative status among a wide swath of Catholics from all walks of life.

Keywords:   James Groppi, Catholic priest, African Americans, racial inequality, integralism, Catholic actvism

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