Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church, 1900-1965. The Notre Dame History of Hispanic Catholics in the United States, vol. 1

Citation: 
Dolan, Jay P., and Gilberto M. Hinojosa, eds. Mexican Americans and the Catholic Church, 1900-1965. The Notre Dame History of Hispanic Catholics in the United States, vol. 1. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1994.
Abstract: 

In "Mexican-American Faith Communities in Texas and the Southwest," Gilberto M. Hinojosa traces the interaction between the Mexican-American people and the official structures of the Catholic Church in the United States. He emphasizes the importance of popular religion to Mexican Americans and describes how conflicts and misunderstandings sometimes occurred between American clergy and the Mexican-American people. In "The Mexican Catholic Community in California, " Jeffrey M. Burns challenges the assumption that the American Catholic Church's attempts to reach out to the Mexican-American community have been an unqualified failure. He illuminates some of the positive achievements of the Church's ministerial efforts while acknowledging that many failures occurred as well. "The Catholic Church and the Making of Mexican-American Parish Communities in the Midwest, " by David A. Badillo, demonstrates that the Catholic Church in the Midwest and the Mexican-American people often influenced each other in positive ways. According to Badillo, while official Church attempts to use parishes as instruments of Americanization generally failed, parishes did provide Mexican Americans with the welcome opportunity to participate in organizations and services.

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