American Catholics: A History of the Roman Catholic by James J. Hennesey

By James J. Hennesey

Written by way of one of many superior historians of yankee Catholicism, this e-book offers a finished heritage of the Roman Catholic Church in the US from colonial instances to the current. Hennesey examines, specifically, minority Catholics and advancements within the western a part of the us, a sector frequently missed in non secular histories.

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The 26 AMERICAN CATHOLICS Onondaga, in the center of the Five Nations' confederacy, were hosts to the regular meetings of the league. " For three years a French fort on Lake Onondaga was the center of missions that reached out also to the Seneca, Cayuga, and Oneida. but the Mohawks remained hostile, and in 1657 secret warnings of impending disaster put the French to flight. The Iroquois mission was resumed again from 1668 to 1686, but results were relatively meager, and many of the Christian Indians moved to Canada.

Nomadic and generally indolent Indians did not take easily to the confinement of mission life. Even in its moderate Spanish form, the work ethic was not for them. Immorality among Spanish soldiers hardly recommended Christianity. Within a year of settlement at Monterey, Serra moved San Carlos mission five miles south to present-day Carmel to avoid interference from military officers and the bad example of the garrison. The soldiers treated the Indians badly—a favorite "sport" was to lasso Indian women—and they also introduced venereal and other diseases which soon reached epidemic proportions.

In the meantime, while French villages in Indiana and Illinois were being integrated into the new nation, the French at Detroit, who had been loyal to the crown during the Revolution, continued for thirteen years under British rule. French secular priests replaced the Franciscans in 1782. But on June 1, 1796, in the final year of George Washington's presidency, the British withdrew and the last French mission came under the diocese of Baltimore. 19 Before his death in 1832, Richard had introduced the first printing press and edited the first Catholic newspaper in the United States.

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