By Mario T. García

Chicano Catholicism—both as a well-liked faith and a origin for neighborhood organizing—has, over the last century, encouraged Chicano resistance to exterior forces of oppression and discrimination together with from different non-Mexican Catholics or even the institutionalized church. Chicano Catholics have extensively utilized their religion to say their specific identification and determine a type of cultural citizenship.

Based completely on unique learn and resources, Mario T. García right here deals the 1st significant old learn to discover a few of the dimensions of the function of Catholicism in Chicano heritage within the 20th century. this can be additionally one of many first major reviews within the nonetheless constrained box of Chicano non secular history.

Topics variety from how early Chicano Catholic intellectuals and civil rights leaders have been stimulated by means of Catholic Social Doctrine, to the position that renowned faith has performed within the lives of standard women and men in either rural and concrete components. García additionally examines faith-based Chicano group routine like Católicos Por l. a. Raza within the Nineteen Sixties and the Sanctuary flow in la within the 1980s.

While Latino/a heritage and tradition has been, for the main half, inextricably associated with the tenets and practices of Catholicism, there was little or no written, until eventually lately, approximately Chicano Catholic historical past. García is helping to fill that void and discover the impact—both optimistic and negative—that the Catholic event has had at the Chicano community.

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