When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano: Catholic Culture in America

Bottum, Joseph
October 2006
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Oct2006, Issue 166, p27
The article discusses the history of the American Catholic Church over the last several decades and some of the problems it encountered. In the 1950s, the church cut back on much of its ornate ceremonies and pomp in order to blend into society better. The author relates the controversy that dominated the Catholic Church in the 1970s concerning abortion and the more recent scandal of child molestation by some of its clergy. The author is hopeful that the situation is improving.


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