Catholics and American Culture

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Catholics and American Culture

Fulton Sheen, Dorothy Day, and the Notre Dame Football Team

While in the early years of the century Catholics in America were for the most part distrusted outsiders with respect to the dominant culture, by the 1960s the mainstream of American Catholicism was in many ways "the culture’s loudest and most uncritical cheerleader." Mark Massa explores the rich irony in this postwar transition, by examining key figures in American culture in the last century.

Reviews and endorsements

“This is a wonderfully written, highly informative, thought-provoking, and readable book that should be included in every library. A major contribution to the study of American Catholicism in the twentieth century.”
Library Journal


“Thoroughly engaging…Mark Massa has constructed his own compelling model for a new form of American Catholic studies.”


“It deserves wide readership and would make a fine assignment for students of contemporary Catholicism.”

Theological Studies


“Gracefully written…His analyses are shrewd and frequently surprising.”
Catholic Library World

“A provocative, well-written, interdisciplinary study…”
R. Scott Appleby, Director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame

Paperback / 288 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 9