Conservative Catholicism and the Carmelites
Identity, Ethnicity, and Tradition in the Modern Church
AUTHOR: Caterine, Darryl V.
PUBLISHER: Indiana University Press
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This book explores the historical transformation after Vatican II of one Carmelite community into a neotraditionalist order defending Catholic teaching and spearheading a movement among women to define Catholicism. This historical analysis suggests that the fundamental disagreement between "conservative" and "liberal" Catholics lies in a dispute about looking to Anglo-Protestant culture for a theological and ecclesiological model for the church.
Conservative Catholicism and the Carmelites analyzes the appeal of the order to Latino/a communities in the United States, where the author finds that neotraditionalist Catholicism helps maintain and articulate ethnocultural identities. Darryl V. Caterine 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.
PUBLICATION DATE: 12/11/2001
CATEGORY: History, Political Science, Religion