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Walking Where Jesus WalkedAmerican Christians and Holy Land Pilgrimage$
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Hillary Kaell

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738368

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738368.001.0001

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The Middle Generation

The Middle Generation

Catholics, Scripture, and Tradition

(p.99) 4 The Middle Generation
Walking Where Jesus Walked

Hillary Kaell

NYU Press

This chapter shifts the focus to American Catholics. Drawing on work in Catholic studies that reevaluates the impact of the Second Vatican Council, it situates Holy Land pilgrimage at the nexus of postconciliar and “traditional” practices in contemporary Catholicism. It argues that the pilgrimage is powerful for those who undertake it because it successfully mediates certain tensions in contemporary American Catholicism. It lies at the nexus of traditional devotionalism and Bible-focused experience, offering room for laypeople to negotiate flexible relationships with the institutional Church, reaffirm links to older generations, and ground their Catholic faith more firmly in biblical study, interpretation, and meditation.

Keywords:   Holy Land, American Catholics, Catholic pilgrimage, Second Vatican Council, Catholicism, devotionalism

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