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The Shared ParishLatinos, Anglos, and the Future of U.S. Catholicism$
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Brett C. Hoover

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479854394

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479854394.001.0001

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Challenging Cultural Encapsulation in the Shared Parish

Challenging Cultural Encapsulation in the Shared Parish

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The Shared Parish

Brett C. Hoover

NYU Press

This chapter builds up an extended theoretical reflection on cultural diversity in the Catholic Church in the United States. It also asks how the Church might contend with the mutual isolation of cultural groups—perpetuating misunderstanding and a lack of empathy—even within shared parishes. How should the Roman Catholic leadership respond in order to incorporate immigrants and welcome internal cultural diversity? Roman Catholic bishops in the United States underwent a significant shift in principles for the incorporation of immigrants from the 1970s to the present. They went from embracing assimilation (Americanization) to promoting an ecclesial version of multiculturalism. The question arises as to whether such a shift has proved adequate to the environment of diversity as manifested in shared parishes like All Saints. The chapter argues that the Christian theological vision of church as communion may provide a better blueprint for understanding cultural diversity as an experience of both distinction and difference, and unity and interconnectedness.

Keywords:   shared parishes, American Catholics, cultural diversity, parishioners, Catholic Church, immigration

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