AN UGLY LITTLE SECRET: Anti-Catholocism in North America by Andrew M. Greeley

AN UGLY LITTLE SECRET: Anti-Catholocism in North America

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The charge of anti-Catholicism in the land has been implicit in many of Greeley's 40 prior books on the misrepresented ""ethnics""; here he contends that unlike racism or anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism is not ""fashionable to acknowledge or expiate."" It seems a commonsensical proposition and Greeley probably needn't feel overly concerned about being thought ""paranoid""; rather, the danger is that he's beating a dead horse. Catholics, as Greeley has repeatedly demonstrated, are under-represented in the ""prestige positions"" of our society including the faculties of elite universities, top law firms, and (except for the Irish) Congress. Anti-Polish jokes linger, keeping alive the myth of the ignorant Pole (though Polish college attendance has crossed the national average). Greeley is even dissatisfied about the kind of coverage people like Wilfred Sheed, Gary Wills, and Pete Hamill give their own. And he stoutly denies that Jimmy Carter had a ""Catholic problem"" in 1976. No doubt the phenomenon of anti-Catholicism deserves to be deplored, the shibboleths of stereotypical Catholic attitudes refuted. But surely it's time for Greeley to discover a new source of agitation.

Pub Date: Nov. 28th, 1977
Publisher: Sheed Andrews & McMeel