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posted on Nov, 10 2002 @ 10:45 AM
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"This lay movement is the largest we have seen in the history of the American church," said the Rev. Gerald Fogarty, a Jesuit historian at the University of Virginia who has studied Catholic lay movements from Colonial times to the present.




posted on Nov, 10 2002 @ 11:18 AM
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Interesting, indeed, and Fogarty has good credentials as a historian. However, he's a devil of a self-publicist and his views have seemed odd before now -his complete indifference to Hispanic Catholics for example in some of his accounts of US Catholicism.
Also "lay" has a very singular meaning in US terms" the Roman church never looked favourably upon the Ameican separation of church and state -it was indeed an "Error" officially anounced in 1865.
AS a result, much that might not have been "lay", was.
This was finally changed with Vatican II; but any links between contemporary Catholic hierarchies and those of the past need to be considered very carefully.





 
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