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6-14-2002

Abstract

What do you think was the most important historical event for American Catholics in the last century?

Jesuit Paul Fitzgerald explains how he believes World War II the most influential moment in Catholic American History. After the war, Catholics moved out of their ghettos and into the suburbs, where they mixed with Protestants and attended public schools.

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Playing Time: 6:45 minutes

About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Fr. Fitzgerald, S.J. is the Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. He formerly taught theology at Santa Clara University and has written on a variety of theological topics. He received doctorates from La Sorbonne and Institut Catholique de Paris and specializes in Sociology of Religion and Practical Theology.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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