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What contributions have the American Catholic Church made to worldwide Catholicism?

Dr. Christine Bochen discusses the contributions the American Catholic Church has given to the rest of the world. She explains the American Catholic Church is a model to the larger Catholic community of how to live in a pluralistic society. Dr. Bochen concludes by asserting that American Catholics give the gift of diversity to the greater Catholic community, not only ethnic diversity but also diversity that can promote change in Catholicism.

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Playing Time: 5:10 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Christine Bochen is the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies and professor of religious studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She received her doctorate from the Catholic University of America and studies and teaches Roman Catholic theology, feminist theology, American religions, and spirituality with an emphasis on the works of Thomas Merton. Dr. Bochen is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is well known for her many publications on Merton.

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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