Chapter 32. Catholicism Since 1945

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Philip Gleason Professor of History past president

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch32

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Gleason, P. (2010) Catholicism Since 1945, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch32

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Notre Dame, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • Catholicism since 1945 - Catholic University of America, major center of teaching and research;
  • changes in American society, historical profession, and church itself - affecting writings of American Catholic history;
  • CUA and Notre Dame, accounting for most of the new scholarship, favorable to Americanizers;
  • Cross's Emergence of Liberal Catholicism in America - culmination of first generation of Americanist scholarship;
  • Postconciliar Harvest - Institutions and Publications, 1975–1990;
  • Jay P. Dolan, for his scholarly entrepreneurship;
  • William M. Halsey's Survival of American Innocence (1980), pioneering analysis of Catholic intellectual and cultural life in the interwar years;
  • John T. McGreevy's Catholicism and American Freedom - masterful reading of Catholic communalism and American individualism;
  • James M. O'Toole's The Faithful, a breakthrough in “people history” approach


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Americanist Era, 1945–1960

  • The 1960s: Upheaval and Early Impact, 1960–1975

  • Postconciliar Harvest: Institutions and Publications, 1975–1990

  • The Second Generation of Postconciliar Historiography, 1990–2008

  • Bibliography