Commonwealth Catholicism: A History of Catholic Church in Virginia

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Commonwealth Catholicism is the first comprehensive history of the Catholic Church in the State of Virginia. Distinguished historian Gerald P. Fogarty tells the story of Virginia's Catholics in the state's history, from the colonial period to the present. Using archival resources, Fogarty brings to life the events and characters that comprise the Church's colorful and often turbulent history. Catholics in Virginia, as in other parts of the South, were a tiny minority from the beginning and remained so for much of their history. They gathered into small, isolated communities, often without a resident priest. The Catholic population in Virginia was so small, in fact, that there was only one diocese until 1974. Catholics were often suspected of unpatriotic sympathies by their Protestant neighbors and tried to remain unnoticed, blending in, as far as possible, with the prevailing Protestant culture. Full religious tolerance for Virginia Catholics did not come until the Revolution. Reconstructing the available documentary evidence, Fogarty tells the story of these early communities in full detail. Fogarty also brings to life many of the prominent actors in the unfolding drama. Father Ma

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Gerald P. Fogarty, S. J., William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Virginia, is one of the foremost Catholic historians in the United States. He was recently selected as one of three Catholic scholars on the Jewish Catholic Commission, which is studying the question of Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust.

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“Virginians will welcome Commonwealth Catholicism as an important addition to recent scholarship which depicts the South’s complex religious heritage. Forgarty offers a much needed, comprehensive history of Virginia Catholicism. His thorough and detailed presentation deserves applause. . . . Virginia historians and Catholics will value Commonwealth Catholicism as an essential resource for understanding the state’s past.” —The Virginia Magazine
 

“In a clear, balanced style, Fogarty has woven a narrative that amply deals with bishops, clerics, religious and institutions while introducing the general reader to lay leadership; and he keeps a steady eye as well on the surrounding regional historical landscape. Commonwealth Catholicism is a treasure among a growing trove of recent excellent diocesan histories. Future American Catholic historians will clearly look to this as one of their models.” —American Catholic Studies
 

“In this authoritative narrative the author has left no stone unturned in his effort to describe a remarkable development that covered some four hundred years. This is truly magisterial work that could well serve as model in its comprehensive coverage and attention to detail.” —The Catholic Historical Review
 

“In this excellent book, Gerald P. Fogerty gives us a definitive history of Roman Catholicism in Virginia and West Virginia from the colonial period to the mid 1970’s. This book represents an exceptional contribution to American religious history.” —Journal of American History
 

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