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American Culture and Catholic Schools


reviewed by Canon Richard Byfield 1961

coverTitle: American Culture and Catholic Schools
Author(s): E. McLoughlin
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Mr. McLoughlin's second book is really three books in one, and the title is appropriate only to the third (and smallest) of the three. First and foremost, the book is a study of the political and social positions of the Roman Catholic Church, highly critical in tone and giving special attention to the more "un-American" of the Papal documents. Second, the book is a personal history. In this regard, it is not unlike a sort of second edition of the author's previous best seller, People's Padre. Third, it is a study—perhaps "impression" would be a more accurate word—of American Catholic schools and their effects upon those who attend them. It is Mr. McLoughlin's oft-reiterated thesis that the Roman Catholic church is basically totalitarian in structure and thought and that, because of this, it is ill-suited to the American scene. His chapter tides are quite expressive of this point of view: "The Well-Washed... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 2, 1961, p. 161-161
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3116, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 2:57:57 AM

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