Spring 2011 - Vol. 122, No. 1

Spring 2011 - Vol. 122, No. 1

About This Issue

Dianne Creagh (Penn State York) in "Faith in Fostering: Catholic Adoption and Boarding-Out in Depression Era New York" has carefully reviewed case records from the late 1920s through the early 1940s, and reveals for us how the pressures of faith-based child-saving under difficult economic circumstances allowed for improvisation between substitute mothers and the staff who assessed their worthiness, challenging narrow notions of proper motherhood and adoptability in children. 

Richard Gribble, CSC (Stonehill College) in "The Challenge of Religious Life in the United States Today" vigorously proposes for vowed religious a need to relearn and recapture the tradition of religious life for the future prosperity of the American church.

Maria C. Morrow (University of Dayton) contributes "The Change in the Conception of Sin among Catholics in the United States, 1955-1975," finding that as sin became a more abstract and elusive concept, the use of the sacrament of penance declined.  She identifies four contributing factors to this decline: the dissolution of the Catholic subculture, the rise of counseling, alterations to sexual values, and the official changes made to penitential practices.

Edward Brett (LaRoche College) contributes our cover essay and visual treat in "A Monument to Catholic Social Justice: The Maxo Vanka Murals of St. Nicholas Croatian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."

We also share our semi-annual selections of Dissertation Abstracts and reviews of eight books.  We are grateful to our authors, reviewers, and most importantly you, our readers. 

Spring has sprung and American Catholic Studies is in bloom.

 Rodger Van Allen, Co-editor 

Index of Issues

2011 Issues

Fall 2011 Issue Vol. 122, No. 3

Summer 2011 Issue Vol. 122, No. 2

Spring 2011 Issue Vol. 122, No. 1

2010 Issues

Winter 2010 Issue Vol. 121, No. 4

Fall 2010 Issue Vol. 121, No. 3

Summer 2010 Issue Vol. 121, No. 2

Spring 2010 Issue Vol. 121, No. 1

2009 Issues

Winter 2009 Issue Vol. 120, No. 4

Fall 2009 Issue Vol. 120, No. 3

Summer 2009 Issue Vol. 120, No. 2

Spring 2009 Issue Vol. 120, No. 1

2008 Issues

Winter 2008 Issue Vol. 119, No. 4

Fall 2008 Issue Vol. 119, No. 3

Summer 2008 Issue Vol. 119, No. 2

Spring 2008 Issue Vol. 119, No. 1

2007 Issues

Winter 2007 Issue Vol. 118, No. 4

Fall 2007 Issue Vol. 118, No. 3

Summer 2007 Issue Vol. 118, No. 2

Spring 2007 Issue Vol. 118, No. 1

2006 Issues

Winter 2006 Issue Vol. 117, No. 4

Fall 2006 Issue Vol. 117, No. 3

Summer 2006 Issue Vol. 117, No. 2

Spring 2006 Issue Vol. 117, No. 1

2005 Issues

Winter 2005 Issue Vol. 116, No. 4

Fall 2005 Issue Vol. 116, No. 3

Summer 2005 Issue Vol. 116, No. 2

Spring 2005 Issue Vol. 116, No. 1

2004 Issues

Winter 2004 Issue Vol. 115, No. 4

Fall 2004 Issue Vol. 115, No. 3

Summer 2004 Issue Vol. 115, No. 2

Spring 2004 Issue Vol. 115, No. 1

2003 Issues

Winter 2003 Issue Vol. 114, No. 4

Fall 2003 Issue Vol. 114, No. 3

Summer 2003 Issue Vol. 114, No. 2

Spring 2003 Issue Vol. 114, No. 1

2002 Issues

Fall/Winter 2002 Issue Vol. 113, No. 3

Spring/Summer 2002 Issue Vol. 113, No. 1

2001 Issues

Spring/Winter 2001 Issue Vol. 112, No. 1

2000 Issues

Spring/Winter 2000 Issue Vol. 111, No. 1

1999 Issues

Spring/Winter 1999 Issue Vol. 110, No. 4