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By James M. Woods

ISBN-10: 0813035325

ISBN-13: 9780813035321

“In a masterful survey of study on Catholicism within the South, Woods has performed for that area what James Hennesey did for the Catholic Church within the usa in American Catholics.”—Gerald P. Fogarty, collage of Virginia


“This is a ebook we have now lengthy wanted. during the last 4 a long time the background of the evangelical culture within the South has been chanced on and masses written approximately, however the Catholic measurement of southern spiritual historical past has lagged in the back of within the historiography. eventually here's a synthesis of just about 3 centuries of the Catholic Church within the region.”—John B. Boles, Rice University


No Christian denomination has had an extended or extra diverse lifestyles within the American South than the Catholic Church. The Spanish missions tested in Florida and Texas promoted Catholicism. Catholicism used to be the dominant faith one of the French who settled in Louisiana. ahead of the inflow of Irish immigrants within the 1840s, such a lot American Catholics lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. Anti-Catholic prejudice was once by no means as robust within the South as within the North or Midwest and used to be infrequent within the area prior to the 20 th century.
    James Woods’s sweeping historical past stretches from the 1st eu cost of the continent in the course of the finish of the Spanish-American battle. The ebook is split into 3 specific sections: the colonial period, the early Republic in the course of the annexation of Texas in 1845, and the stormy latter 1/2 the 19th century. Woods can pay specific cognizance to church/state family, venture paintings and spiritual orders, the church and slavery, immigration to the South, and the adventure of Catholicism in a principally Protestant area. He additionally highlights the contributions and careers of convinced vital southern Catholics, either clerical and lay, and considers how the varied Catholic ethnic and racial teams have expressed their faith—and their citizenship—through the centuries.

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91 If Spain benefited from this policy, so did the former slaves, since it “offered them a refuge within which they could live free and maintain their families. . ”92 St. Augustine contained Spaniards, blacks, Indians, mestizos, and mulattoes. According to Robert Kapitzke, religion melded this diverse community together. 93 Such unity had began, however, to disintegrate after 1680. Governor Cabrera assumed his duties on November 30, 1680. A brusque authoritarian with a distinguished military career, the new governor soon became embroiled in a bitter dispute with the Franciscans.

86 Just as Spain lost its hold on Georgia, St. Augustine and its vicinity experienced real growth. There were only about five hundred people in the Spanish capital at midcentury, but by 1689 that number had grown to 1,444. By 1702 the population had increased to 1,768. Moreover, the number of Indian villages near St. 87 An unsuccessful British buccaneer raid on St. Augustine in 1668 and the founding of British Charleston in 1670 convinced Spanish officials to provide enough money and material to build the fortress Castillo de San Marcos.

107 Even worse, Solana and his assistant priest, Father Juan Paredes, publicly accused each other of fathering illegitimate children. Cuban church officials sent Father Manuel Francisco Calzado y Cadenas just before Easter in 1760, and he replaced both clerics with interim priests until 1763. Calzado y Cadenas exonerated Solana, yet he believed that Paredes should stand trial before an ecclesiastical court in Cuba. The visiting cleric also wrote that the animosity between the two priests had caused grave scandal.

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