American Saints: Gender and the Re-Imaging of U.S. Catholicism in the Early Twentieth Century

  title={American Saints: Gender and the Re-Imaging of U.S. Catholicism in the Early Twentieth Century},
  author={K. Cummings},
  journal={Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation},
  pages={203 - 231}
  • K. Cummings
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Abstract In Roman Catholic theology, saints are intermediaries between heaven and earth. In American Catholic practice, saints could also serve as intermediaries between two cultures—the minority religious community and the larger Protestant one. This article focuses on two female saints who became popular among American Catholics in the early twentieth century in part because American Catholics believed that devotion to them would help to undermine negative images of Catholicism in American… Expand
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