Summary of Major Themes for Research on American Catholicism Based on a Consultation for the Lilly Endowment

Citation: 
Schuth, OSF, Katarina. "Summary of Major Themes for Research on American Catholicism Based on a Consultation for the Lilly Endowment." Unpublished manuscript. The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, 1992.
Abstract: 

The consultation identified four themes -- leadership and authority, institutions, ethnicity, and theological and ecclesiological pluralism -- as particularly important to research on U.S. Catholicism. Studies should examine the exercise of authority and leadership in the church and develop new ways to prepare future leaders. Future research must address the relationship between leadership, authority and religious life. Institutional issues include the meaning of Catholic identity, the nature of the church and its institutions, and the role of education in developing personnel. Changing relationships between Catholic institutions and the religious communities that sponsor them, and between parishes and other Catholic institutions, merit examination. Participants agreed that ethnicity requires further scholarly attention, including studies of the meanings and experiences of ethnicity among diverse groups of Catholics. Participants recommended that scholars consider the effect of the advent of the new century on belief, as well as giving careful attention to pluralistic theological and ecclesiological methods and experiences in the U.S.

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