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John Lafarge and the Limits of Catholic Interracialism 1911-1963

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John Lafarge and the Limits of Catholic Interracialism 1911-1963 by Southern, David W., 9780807119716
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  • ISBN: 9780807119716 | 0807119717
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/1/1996
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Before Vatican II, before the race riots of the 1940s, the white Jesuit priest John LaFarge decried America's treatment of blacks. In the first scholarly biography of LaFarge, David W. Southern paints a portrait of a man ahead of his church on the race issue who nevertheless did not press hard enough in ridding it of an institutional bias against African-Americans.
Based on extensive archival research, John LaFarge and the Limits of Catholic Interracialism fills a serious gap in Catholic social history and race-relations history. An impressive, engrossing biography, it also casts light on the broader historical issues of the Church's attitudes and practices toward African-Americans since the Civil War, Catholic liberalism before Vatican II, and the seeds of unrest that manifest themselves today in the rapidly growing black Catholic community.

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