In Search of American Catholicism:

A History of Religion and Culture in Tension

By Jay Dolan, Oxford University Press


Being a Catholic and an American can be rife with tension. Dolan, professor emeritus of history at Notre Dame, here offers an accessible and engaging view on how American culture has shaped and been shaped by Catholics over the past 200 years. Vatican II, the influx of different ethnic groups, including Catholic Hispanics, and the recent priest scandal all figure into the author’s fine study of an Old World faith meeting a New World society.

Dolan, the founder of the University’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, also is the author of the acclaimed standard history of American Catholicism, The American Catholic Experience: A History from Colonial Times to the Present.