The ambition was significant: to explore, over nearly five centuries, the “Long march of the Catholics” in the USA. One month away from a presidential election scrutinized by the whole world, the general culture quarterly Codex (1) deciphers in its October issue the influence of Catholicism in American society. Qualified, its analyzes paint the portrait of a heterogeneous minority – representing between 20 and 25% of the population -, which knew how to impose itself despite the obstacles.
Faithful to its editorial promise to approach the evolution of Christianity through a historical prism, the magazine offers a fascinating chronological fresco. Without avoiding dark episodes – such as revelation, by the daily The Boston Globe in 2002, of a vast scandal of sexual abuse within the Church – she retraces seven stages constituting the identity of American Catholicism. Through analyzes of its network of seasoned academics, cartographies, stories and portraits of believers, the journal reveals a complex landscape. Catholicism “At the same time democratic and republican, anti-secularized and ultraconservative, charismatic and stilted, nationalist and shaped by (…) generations of immigrants, “white”, “black” or “Hispano”… ” The magazine dissects the electoral reversals of faithful polarized on thorny political and societal questions, first and foremost of which abortion. And explain why we can speak of a “Not found” American Catholic vote, while part of this electorate, long attached to the Democrats, has migrated since the 1970s to the Republican camp.