Spring 2008 Issue Vol. 119, No. 1

Spring 2008 Issue Vol. 119, No. 1

About This Issue

American Catholic Studies, the oldest continuously published Catholic scholarly journal in the United States, happily moves into its one hundred and nineteenth volume with this issue, one which amply demonstrates the vigor of current scholarship on the American Catholic experience.

Lawrence J. McAndrews (St. Norbert College, WI) in "Parallel Paths: Kennedy, the Church, and Nuclear War" explores the difference as well as the similarities between the president and his church on this important subject, and concludes that Kennedy proved to be as Catholic as he was American.

Sister Mary Ellen Doyle, SCN, examines a movement in religious life toward internationalism, as exemplified in the history of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.  It is a story that is instructive, and not just to other communities of religious, though they may find it particularly interesting. 

Timothy Brunk (Villanova University, PA) focuses on Archbishop John Ireland (St. Paul, MN), and argues that with important variations on some points, Ireland stands largely in continuity with ideas set forth by Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Paine, James Madison, and John Jay.

Our review symposium features Amy L. Koehlinger's The New Nuns: Racial Justice and Religious Reform in the 1960s, and offers four perspectives on the book and a response by the author.

The theme of communications and omissions is addressed by Sister Angelyn Dries, OSF, in "A Picture's Worth a Thousand Propaganda Words," our cover essay in this issue.  Please note the cover photographs and captions on the last page, which accompany this highly informed essay. 

Nine additional book reviews and some notable recent dissertation abstracts complete the issue. 

We thank all our contributors, collaborators, and especially our member-subscribers for the continuing growth and development of American Catholic Studies

Rodger Van Allen, Co-editor