San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The 1891 papal encyclical Rerum Novarum prompted profound changes to Catholic activism in Latin America. In its wake, growing numbers of lay Catholic activists took part in social, civic, and political activism in the public sphere. Labor associations, Catholic women, and young activists in the United States and Latin America rallied to action in defense of their religious values, which many felt were under attack from secular governments, interest groups, and other religious denominations. Yet these Catholics not only mobilized for defensive ends, but also endeavored to provide positive programs for social empowerment and enfranchisement of marginalized individuals. Five panels (Religious Devotions, Catholic Development Projects, Transnational Activist Networks, The View from Rome, and Precursors to Vatican II) will discuss the ample historical evidence for Catholicism’s integral role in promoting a robust public sphere throughout the Americas, even before the general liberalization of the Catholic Church during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). The keynote speaker, John McGreevy (The University of Notre Dame) will discuss global approaches to Catholic history.
When & Where
Julia Young (email@example.com)
Assistant Professor, Department of History
The Catholic University of America