AMERICAN FREEDOM AND CATHOLIC POWER: New Edition by Paul Blanshard

AMERICAN FREEDOM AND CATHOLIC POWER: New Edition

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It is approximately nine years since the original edition appeared; at that time it sold 240,000 copies and has been selling steadily ever since. But in these years there have been signal events in the power controversy, and the church-state power struggle goes on here and abroad. It is not unlikely that the next presidential nomination will excite extremes of opinion in the event of a Catholic being nominated. Blanshard takes the position that anti-Catholic political movements degenerate into bigotry and fanaticism. BUT that the attitude of Catholic candidates toward policies of Church and State must be clarified. Catholicism cannot be used as a shield from reasonable questioning. To this end he charts the basic queries, presenting the accepted Church directives, and asking how the candidate would stand on these moot points....The revision- the virtual rewriting- of this text will make its contribution to public knowledge of the whole area.

Pub Date: March 12th, 1958
Publisher: Beacon Press