By James M. Woods

ISBN-10: 0813035325

ISBN-13: 9780813035321

“In a masterful survey of study on Catholicism within the South, Woods has performed for that zone what James Hennesey did for the Catholic Church within the usa in American Catholics.”—Gerald P. Fogarty, collage of Virginia


“This is a publication we've lengthy wanted. over the past 4 a long time the historical past of the evangelical culture within the South has been came across and masses written approximately, however the Catholic measurement of southern spiritual background has lagged at the back of within the historiography. ultimately here's a synthesis of virtually 3 centuries of the Catholic Church within the region.”—John B. Boles, Rice University


No Christian denomination has had an extended or extra various life within the American South than the Catholic Church. The Spanish missions demonstrated in Florida and Texas promoted Catholicism. Catholicism was once the dominant faith one of the French who settled in Louisiana. ahead of the inflow of Irish immigrants within the 1840s, such a lot American Catholics lived south of the Mason-Dixon line. Anti-Catholic prejudice used to be by no means as robust within the South as within the North or Midwest and used to be infrequent within the quarter prior to the 20 th century.
    James Woods’s sweeping historical past stretches from the 1st eu cost of the continent throughout the finish of the Spanish-American battle. The booklet is split into 3 distinctive sections: the colonial period, the early Republic throughout the annexation of Texas in 1845, and the stormy latter 1/2 the 19th century. Woods can pay specific consciousness to church/state kin, challenge paintings and spiritual orders, the church and slavery, immigration to the South, and the event of Catholicism in a mostly Protestant quarter. He additionally highlights the contributions and careers of sure very important southern Catholics, either clerical and lay, and considers how the various Catholic ethnic and racial teams have expressed their faith—and their citizenship—through the centuries.

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María de Jesús lived for over three more decades. Before her death, she claimed that she continued to receive private revelations; these were set down in a three-volume work published in Spain in 1670. The English title to this work is The Mystical City of God and the Divine History of the Virgin Mother of God. She was not considered an irrational or irresponsible person, and by special papal dispensation she was elected abbess at the age of twenty-five, a position she held for all but three years until her death.

Holy Orders were only open to males of Spanish descent (this policy was in place throughout Spanish America). After conversions, the adults were given names like Don Juan or Doña Maria. Certain promising Indians might be taught Spanish, becoming muy esplañolados (very Spanish), able to recite their prayers in the 16 d part i. The Colonial Context, 1513–1763 European tongue. 58 As the Catholic liturgy was in Latin at that time, the natives learned some of that language as well. As a result, a wedding ceremony in northeastern Florida in the seventeenth century might have been in Timucua, Spanish, and Latin.

Moving along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf coasts, he finally landed at the mouth of a river he named Rio de las Palmas (River of the Palms). Earlier scholars had once believed this river to be the Rio Grande, yet now it is believed to be the Rio Panuco in northeastern Mexico. Pineda stayed there for forty days before continuing along the Mexican coastline. 11 One of the first Europeans to set foot in Texas was Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1490–1556), an important survivor of an expedition of some 250 men that had begun in early 1528 near present-day Tampa.

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