Cover

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Title page copyright page

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pp. v-vi

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Although writing a book can be a solitary endeavor, I owe a debt of gratitude to many people for its completion. I am particularly grateful to David Hollenbach, S.J., Tom Massaro, S.J., and...

Abbreviations and Acronyms

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p. xiii

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Introduction

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pp. xv-xx

In a nation founded on religious tolerance that has become one of the most religiously diverse and religiously observant liberal democracies in the world, it is no surprise that the proper relationship between religion and public life has remained an open question. An even longer history of debate surrounds church-society and church-world questions...

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CHAPTER ONE

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pp. 1-26

Given the origins of the United States and the religious diversity that continues to characterize the nation, it is no surprise that the proper relationship between religion and public life in the United States has remained an open question. Despite evidence of the involvement of religion in public life and recent theological and sociological literature....

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CHAPTER TWO

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pp. 27-58

We have encountered an array of objections to public religious engagement on various secular grounds—yet secularists are not alone in avoiding public religious engagement. Many Christians protest that such engagement risks diminishing religious purity, and that the church’s primary task is to preach the gospel, not to become entangled in politics....

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CHAPTER THREE

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pp. 59-118

The conciliar and episcopal statements surveyed demonstrate that the official stance of the Catholic magisterium, as it has developed post–Vatican II, is one of church engaged with state and society. We have also encountered a certain ambivalence in such documents and the broader...

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CHAPTER FOUR

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pp. 119-176

The Catholic Church in the United States has maintained a presence in Washington since the National Catholic Welfare Conference was established just after World War I. Today, its successor, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), works in part to advocate...

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CHAPTER FIVE

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pp. 177-214

We have already alluded to some of the ways in which these case studies of Catholic political advocacy organizations shed light upon the theological foundations and theoretical distinctions that have emerged. In some instances, the cases serve to exemplify theological conceptions...

Bibliography of Primary Sources

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pp. 215-218

Index

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pp. 219-228