The story of the Catholic Church in the United States of America is a success story. A small community of poor migrants and missionaries, barely tolerated and often unable to worship freely in a new nation founded by religious dissenters fleeing from European Christendom, grew to become its single largest religious denomination. This is the Church in which my wife was received as a convert to Catholicism just two years before we got married, and in which our children were born and are being raised. It is the Church that welcomed me ten years ago, when I moved from Europe to take up an academic job in its impressive network of Catholic schools and universities – the largest in the world.
The disunited states
The American Church divided
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