Political and religious changes since World War II have amplified deep divisions with the Catholic Church and contributed to a breakdown in American Catholic identity. Looking back on latter decades of the twentieth century, Todd Scribner will discuss this breakdown, look at select efforts to reconfigure what it means to be Catholic in America, and inquire to what extent this breakdown might have shaken confidence in the long-standing assumptions regarding the marriage between Catholicism and Americanism. Could the opening that is created signify a new “Catholic Moment” for the church, and what would this mean?
Todd Scribner (Ph.D, Catholic University of America) is the Education Outreach Coordinator at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He is author most recently of A Partisan Church: American Catholicism and the Rise of Neoconservatism (CUA Press, 2015), and has written extensively on the history of Catholic responses to migration and immigration.