American Catholics in the Twenty-First Century
Premiere Date: 7/16/2012; 56 minutes

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American Catholics blend personal autonomy, skepticism toward the church hierarchy's teaching authority, and commitment to the Catholic sacramental and communal tradition. Arguing that the Catholic Church is at a critical juncture as it confronts the decline in the number of ordained priests, demographic change, and the need to restore credibility in the wake of the priest sex abuse scandals, Michele Dillon, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, probes how Catholics envision institutional change and whether the increasing Hispanic presence in the Church is likely to alter the character of American Catholicism. (#23428)

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