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Chicano Catholicisma€”both as a popular religion and a foundation for community organizinga€”has, over the past century, inspired Chicano resistance to external forces of oppression and discrimination including from other non-Mexican Catholics and even the institutionalized church. Chicano Catholics have also used their faith to assert their particular identity and establish a kind of cultural citizenship. Based exclusively on original research and sources, Mario T. GarcAsa here offers the first major historical study to explore the various dimensions of the role of Catholicism in Chicano history in the twentieth century. This is also one of the first significant studies in the still limited field of Chicano religious history. Topics range from how early Chicano Catholic intellectuals and civil rights leaders were influenced by Catholic Social Doctrine, to the role that popular religion has played in the lives of ordinary men and women in both rural and urban areas. GarcAsa also examines faith-based Chicano community movements like CatA³licos Por La Raza in the 1960s and the Sanctuary movement in Los Angeles in the 1980s. While Latino/a history and culture has been, for the most part, inextricably linked with the tenets and practices of Catholicism, there has been very little written, until recently, about Chicano Catholic history. GarcAsa helps to fill that void and explore the impacta€”both positive and negativea€”that the Catholic experience has had on the Chicano community.... he observed, a€œand says that issues are no longer just black and white but that therea#39;s a lot of gray and ita#39;s good if you look at the gray, too.a€51 Since elementary school, Quihuis believed he had a vocation for the priesthood. He remembered that in the seventh grade he wrote an essay on this topic. ... As a member of the student council, he helped to remove the ROTC requirement for undergraduates.

Author:Mario T. García
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2010-01-01


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