Tar Heel Catholics: a history of Catholicism in North Carolina

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University Press of America, 2003 - History - 509 pages
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Although today the largest religious denomination in the United States, until the 1960s the Roman Catholic Church represented less than 1% of North Carolina's population. Tar Heel Catholics recounts the story of the Catholic Church in what was long called mission territory on the doorstep of a rapidly developing American Catholic institutional presence. The explanation of this phenomenon lies in the history of the Deep South itself, including slavery, segregation, and the overwhelming religious dominance of the Baptist church.

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Contents

Bishop Waters Civil Rights
3
The Dream A Church in Every County
29
The Sixties Conflict Change
61
A Seed Very Slow to Grow
91
The Search for a Just Society Church
127
The Collapse Reconstruction of
161
The Belmont Era Abbot Leo Haid
197
The Challenges of Expansion
233
Pioneering Clergy
265
Western Expansion
307
Evolving Ministries in a Diverse Church
341
Racial Ethnic Minorities
375
Toward A Collegial Church
419
Abbreviations Brief Citations
445
Selected Bibliography
493
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