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Conservative Catholicism and the Carmelites: Identity, Ethnicity and Tradition in the Modern Church
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Conservative Catholicism and the Carmelites: Identity, Ethnicity and Tradition in the Modern Church (Hardback)

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"Conservative Catholicism and the Carmelites" is an ethnographic and historical study of a present-day order of sisters. The first part of the book explores the historical transformation after Vatican II of one Carmelite community into a neotraditionalist order defending an essentialist understanding of Catholic teaching, and spearheading a movement among women religious within the church to define the parameters of normative Catholicism. This historical analysis suggests that the fundamental disagreement between "conservative" and "liberal" Catholics lies in a dispute about the normativity of Anglo-Protestant culture as a theological and ecclesiological model for the church.The second part of the book documents and analyses ethnographic data to explain the appeal of the order to Latino/a communities in the United States. Its findings suggest that Latino communities appropriate neotraditionalist Catholicism as much to maintain and articulate ethnocultural identities as to defend theological positions. What neotraditionalist Catholic leaders and the Latino/a laity share is an unwillingness to model religious and/or cultural identity after certain Anglo-Protestant values.In conclusion, the book suggests the existence of at least three "churches" encompassed by post-Vatican II, U.

S. Catholicism: a liberal contingent embracing Anglo-Protestantism; a neotraditionalist contingent in critical tension with Anglo-Protestantism; and a contingent of transnational Catholic communities from Spanish, New World cultures in critical tension with Anglo-Protestant culture. The book suggests that the postconciliar church is more of a global church than a national one, and its constituents more the product of a polycentric world than an assemblage of "ethnic enclaves" orbiting around an Anglo-Protestant centre. Extant scholarly labels of "conservative" and liberal", Catholicism should thus be subjected to more careful scrutiny problematising the political relationships between religious and cultural affiliations, if not abandoned altogether.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian Churches & denominationsReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian institutions & organizationsReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionReligious institutions & organizations Publisher: Indiana University Press Publication Date: 11/12/2001 ISBN-13: 9780253340115  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Darryl Caterine is a specialist in the history of religions in the Americas. He earned his degrees in religious studies from Harvard University and the University of California at Santa Barbara. His current scholarly interests focus on the interactions between religion and culture in both the United States and Latin America. Caterine presently teaches in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College.

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