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America's Church: The National Shrine and Catholic Presence by Thomas A. Tweed

By Thomas A. Tweed

The nationwide Shrine in Washington, DC has been deeply enjoyed, blithely missed, and passionately criticized. it's been praised as a "dazzling jewel" and brushed off as a "towering Byzantine seashore ball." during this exciting and artistic booklet, Thomas Tweed indicates that the Shrine is usually an illuminating website from which to inform the tale of twentieth-century Catholicism. He organizes his narrative round six issues that signify U.S. Catholicism, and he ties those topics to the Shrine's fabric culture--to photographs, artifacts, or devotional areas. therefore he starts with the Basilica's origin stone, weaving it right into a dialogue of "brick and mortar" Catholicism, the force to construct associations. to focus on the Church's inclination to entice girls, he appears to be like at fund-raising for the Mary Memorial Altar, and he specializes in the Filipino oratory to Our girl of Antipolo to demonstrate the Church's outreach to immigrants. all through, he employs painstaking detective paintings to polish a mild at the many aspects of yank Catholicism mirrored within the shrine.

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