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Authentically Black and Truly CatholicThe Rise of Black Catholicism in the Great Migration$
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Matthew J. Cressler

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479841325

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479841325.001.0001

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Authentically Black and Truly Catholic

Matthew J. Cressler

NYU Press

This chapter introduces readers to the most famous Black Catholic parish in the country today, St. Sabina’s on the South Side of Chicago, and its nationally renowned white pastor, Fr. Michael Pfleger. It argues that it is impossible to understand the distinctively Black Catholicism on display at St. Sabina’s today without first understanding the longer history of Black Catholic Chicago explored in the book. It also reviews the ways in which studies of Black Catholics introduces new characters and generates new conclusions with regard to the study of African American religion and American Catholicism.

Keywords:   St. Sabina, Michael Pfleger, Black Catholicism, race, African American religion, American Catholicism, American religion, Black Power, missionary, Chicago

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