Originally published in 1988. The new-found freedom and changing attitudes towards Catholics after the American Revolution presented the Catholic Church with its first real opportunity to prosper in the English speaking "new world". But the Catholic Church could not take advantage of this opportunity unless it shook off some of its "old world" characteristics and became accustomed to the American environment. This study attempts to analyse the very nature of American Catholicism by investigating the impact of the American environment on the development of the Catholic Church in American during the episcopacy of John Carroll. This title will be of interest to students of history and religious studies.

Preface;  Introduction;  Part One: The Establishment of an American Catholic Church;  1. The Election of a Bishop  2. Who Shall Govern the American Catholic Church?  3. American Catholic Relationship with Rome;  Part Two: Cleric-Lay Relations: Trusteeism;  4. The Trustee Controversy: Who Shall Govern the Parish Church?  5. The Trustee Controversy: An Analysis;  Part Three: The Spoken Word: An American Style;  6. The Use of the Vernacular in the Liturgy  7. The Need for Good Preaching;  Part Four: Catholic-Protestant Relationships;  8. Ecumenism – Living Side-by-Side  9. Catholic Opinion of Protestants and Protestantism;  Part Five: The Catholic Church and the "American Way";  10. The Catholic Church and "Americanism"  11. The Catholic Church and Religious Liberty;  Conclusions;  Bibliography