Selected Problems of the Catholic Family in the United States

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religion, sociology, Catholics, family, Americanization, immigration


Catholic Studies | Family, Life Course, and Society | History of Religion | Migration Studies | Religion | Sociology | Sociology of Religion | United States History


The historical experience of Roman Catholicism in the United States has been one of a religious minority group that has grown from relative insignificance to one of recognized prominence in the affairs of the entire nation. In spite of the world-wide ecumenical movement initiated by Vatican Council II, many tensions still exist between American Catholics and their fellow citizens. One focal point of conflict is inherent in the fundamental differences that have existed and do exist between the Catholic view of marriage and the views of other religious traditions. This particular area of tension has been made more complex in that differences are now appearing, even among Catholics, both within the laity and the hierarchy, as a result of the freedom of debate that characterized Vatican II.

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