The New Anti-Catholicism

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The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice
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Paperback cover
Oxford University Press
ISBN 0-19-515480-0
Author Philip Jenkins
Country United States
Language English
Subject history, religion, Anti-Catholicism/United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
April 17, 2003
Media type Hardcover, Paperback
Pages 258 pages (1st edition, hardcover)
ISBN ISBN 0-19-515480-0 (1st edition, hardcover)
OCLC 50410476
305.6/2073 21
LC Class BX1770 .J46 2003

The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice is a book written by Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History and Religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, dealing with contemporary anti-Catholic bigotry, particularly in the United States.

Jenkins, a former Catholic who converted to the Episcopal Church in 1980,[1] argues that bigotry and hatred toward Catholics is not a thing of the past, but rather is still thriving in the U.S.[2] In Jenkins's view it is a form of bigotry that is ignored or even accepted or encouraged in quarters (mainly politically and culturally liberal ones) that would not tolerate most other forms of bigotry.[2]

A statement that is seen as racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, or homophobic can haunt a speaker for years, writes Jenkins, but it is still possible to make hostile and vituperative public statements about Roman Catholicism without fear of serious repercussions.

Reception[edit]

The Washington Post review called it "A provocative brief on some of the uglier prejudices lurking behind today's Catholic controversies."[3] The National Catholic Register, calling Jenkins "the foremost historian of religious trends today, reviewed the book favorably, noting that the issues are particularly topical today.[4] The Tablet, a British Catholic publication, in its review, while admitting that the book raised important issues, accused Jenkins of lacking a sense of humor.[5] In 2009, the National Review suggested that the author ought to consider publishing an updated version in light of recent incidents of anti-Catholicism.[6] The Baltimore Sun called it "a book of powerfully convincing fairness, of impressive scholarship and of extraordinary courage – Jenkins strips naked some of the most cherished hypocrisies of American ideologues from one extreme of the spectrum to the other."[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Philip (2003). "The New Anti-Catholicism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice". amazon.com "Look Inside". p. vii. Retrieved 2011-07-22.  |chapter= ignored (help).
  2. ^ Bauman, Paul, Grace Under Pressure, p BW03, Washington Post (Book World), June 1, 2003. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  3. ^ McCloskey, John, Christianity Tomorrow, National Catholic Register, May 2004. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  4. ^ Stanford, Peter, Criticism can be justified, The Tablet, 17 October 2003. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  5. ^ Berg, Thomas & Michael Augros, Don’t Know Nothing: A frontal attack on the Catholic Church aims at religious liberty in general, National Review, March 26, 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
  6. ^ Pakenham, Michael, Anti-Catholicism in the U.S.: A hate much loved and lied about Baltimore Sun, May 11, 2003. Retrieved 2011-07-22.

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