Latino Catholicism

Latino Catholicism

Transformation in America's Largest Church

By Timothy Matovina

Princeton University Press, Hardcover, 9780691139791, 328pp.

Publication Date: November 27, 2011


Most histories of Catholicism in the United States focus on the experience of Euro-American Catholics, whose views on social issues have dominated public debates. "Latino Catholicism" provides a comprehensive overview of the Latino Catholic experience in America from the sixteenth century to today, and offers the most in-depth examination to date of the important ways the U.S. Catholic Church, its evolving Latino majority, and American culture are mutually transforming one another.

In "Latino Catholicism," Timothy Matovina highlights the vital contributions of Latinos to American religious and social life, demonstrating in particular how their engagement with the U.S. cultural milieu is the most significant factor behind their ecclesial and societal impact.

About the Author
Timothy Matovina is professor of theology and the William and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame. His books include "Guadalupe and Her Faithful: Latino Catholics in San Antonio, from Colonial Origins to the Present" and Horizons of the Sacred: Mexican Traditions in U.S. Catholicism."