The Story of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States

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The Story of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States

  • Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
24 Lectures (9 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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We highly recommend this course to all history-loving Catholics.

Explore the extraordinary history of Catholicism in America from the discovery of the New World to our current age. Your guide, Professor R. Scott Appleby of the University of Notre Dame, is an amazingly erudite teacher and one of the leading historians of American Catholic history.

Through this series, you will gain insight into the courage and faith of your own ancestors. Explore stories spanning from the establishment of the Church in America to the growth of the early Christian communities. Follow the waves of Irish, German, Italian, Polish, and other immigrants, and discover how each group made extraordinary contributions to American history. Explore the extraordinary role Catholics played in the development of hospitals, schools, and important institutions of every sort. Often seen as outsiders, how did Catholics come to live out their faith publicly and privately?

Professor Appleby analyzes the major Catholic debates and controversies including the Americanist and Modernist crises, and the more recent disputes over the meaning of Vatican II. You’ll come to experience the rich texture of parish life during the heyday of “immigrant Catholicism.” Encounter towering figures such as Archbishop John Carroll, Cardinal Gibbons, and Dorothy Day.

In short, these 24 talks form an invaluable and fascinating journey through the triumphs, burdens, achievements, and continuing struggles of Christ’s Church on American shores. Don’t miss this series.


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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Christ, the New Testament, and the Church
  • One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic
  • The Priest in Catholic and American History
  • The Laity in Catholic and American History
  • Models of Apostolicity and Holiness
  • The Catholic Presence in the New Word: Theology and Mission
  • Catholic Statements in Colonial Maryland
  • Catholicism in the New Republic
  • The Immigrant Church: 1820-1920
  • Devotion, Education, Formation in the Immigrant Church: 1820-1920
  • The Catholic Ethos: Education
  • Americanism in the Catholic Church
  • From Americanism to Modernism
  • American Catholics and the Social Question
  • The Neo-Thomist Cocoon and Canopy
  • Catholic Approaches to Science
  • Hot and Cold Wars
  • Catholicism and American Values
  • The American Path to Roman Catholic Renewal in the 20th Century
  • The Sixties and the Shaking of the Foundations
  • Contesting the Legacy of Vatican II
  • The Bishops, the Bomb, and the Economy
  • The Church at Risk
  • U.S. Catholicism and the Coming Generations
About Your Presenter

R. Scott Appleby (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as the Marilyn Keough Dean of its School of Global Affairs. Formerly, he served as Director of Notre Dame Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and as the John M. Regan, Jr., Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. From 1988 to 1993, Prof. Appleby was co-director of the Fundamentalism Project, an international public policy study conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His numerous publications include The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence, and Reconciliation and "Church and Age Unite!": The Modernist Impulse in American Catholicism. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Customer Reviews (0)
2017 Christmas Survey
Excellent content, organization and delivery. It improved my knowledge and the contribution made to the Universal Church. Review by Bernie B. from Georgia, USA. (Posted on 12/15/2017)
Spring Survey: April 2017
A lot of information new to me. Went beyond all the "immigrant church" palaver. Review by M.A. Macdonald Lake Bluff IL USA (Posted on 4/1/2017)
Scott Appleby's lectures on American Catholicism make info available you can't find anywhere else. Review by Michael Cooper, S.J., S.T.D. Saint Leo University (Posted on 4/13/2015)
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