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6-6-2002

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How is Catholicism different in America?

Dr. Michael Baxter explains that Catholicism in America was driven to change by a need to fit in. Catholics had to adapt to the culture in America, starting when immigrants first came to the country. Such adaptations, he believes, has led many Catholics to move away from a Gospel lifestyle.

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The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Baxter, C.S.C, (Ph.D. Duke University, 1996) is Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Baxter is interested in the interrelationship of theology, history, and ethics, with particular attention paid to the morality of war and Christian peacemaking. Baxter's long-term research focuses on the emergence and development of the Americanist Tradition in Catholic Social Ethics from World War I to the present. He has published articles in the DePaul Law Review, Pro Ecclesia, Communio, andThe Thomist, and he co-founded Andre House, a house of hospitality dedicated to serving the poor and homeless of downtown Phoenix. Baxter was a Fellow of the Kroc Institute and he also served as the National Secretary of the Catholic Peace Fellowship.

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