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Timothy Matovina

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139791

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139791.001.0001

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Remapping American Catholicism

Remapping American Catholicism

(p.1) Chapter 1 Remapping American Catholicism
Latino Catholicism

Timothy Matovina

Princeton University Press

This chapter argues that the long-standing links between Latin and North America already lead many Latinos to adopting a more hemispheric perspective to Catholicism in the United States. The memory that Hispanics established faith communities in Spanish and Mexican territories before the United States expanded into them shaped the historical development of those communities as they, their descendants, and even later immigrants became part of the United States. The chapter shows how such perceptions conflict with the presumption that European immigrants and their descendants set a unilateral paradigm for assimilating newcomers into church and society. Since the early 1990s, the geographic dispersion of Latinos across the United States and the growing diversity of their national backgrounds have brought the historical perspectives of Catholics from Latin America and the United States into unprecedented levels of daily contact.

Keywords:   Latin America, North America, Latinos, Catholicism, Mexican territories, immigrants, church, society

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