Catholicism in the Early South

Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church in Mobile, Alabama / Photo by Altairisfar, Wikimedia Commons The Catholic Church in America began in a southern context, and Catholicism was the first form of Christianity to take root in the American South. By Dr. Maura Jane Farrelly Associate Professor of American Studies Brandeis University Introduction The Catholic Church in[…]

The Catholic Church’s Complex Role in Medieval Society

Saint-Sulpice church, the romanesque portal, 12th-c., at Marignac, Charente-Maritime, France / Photo by Jebulon, Wikimedia Commons The Catholic Church from late antiquity to the early medieval era served as a seque from Graeco-Roman belief systems and influence to a new religious, economic, and sociopolitical context. By LTC Richard M. Ebeling, PhD / 10.17.2016 BB&T Distinguished Professor of[…]

Consequences of the Reformation Continue to Fade Five Centuries Later

Illustration of a small crowd gathered to watch as Martin Luther directs the posting of his 95 theses, protesting the practice of the sale of indulgences, to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg. Dated 1517. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)        By (left-to-right) Dr. Gregory A. Smith, Dr. Jessica Martinez, Dr. Becka[…]

This Old Catholic Ritual is Giving Brazil’s Economy a Small Boost, One Virgin Mary Statuette at a Time

The Virgin Mary may not be able to pull Brazil out of a deep recession, but her church-sponsored house calls do wonders to ease economic malaise among participating Catholic families.  Pilar Olivares/Reuters    By Dr. Bernardo Figueiredo and Dr. Daiane Scaraboto / 09.12.2017 Figueiredo: Senior Lecturer in Marketing, RMIT University Scaraboto: Assistant Professor of Marketing, Universidad[…]