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Catholic Afterlives: What Identities and Practices Persist When Catholics Leave the Church?

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BOOKS

Byrne, Julie. The Other Catholics: Remaking America’s Largest Religion. Columbia University Press2016.

Chappel, James. Catholic Modern: The Challenge of Totalitarianism and the Remaking of the Church. Harvard University Press, 2018.

O’Connor, Thomas. Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People. Northeastern University Press, 2000.

O'Toole, James. The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America. Harvard University Press, 2008. 

Portmann, John A. Catholic Culture in the U.S.A.: In and Out of Church. New York: Continuum, 2010.

Seitz, John C. No Closure: Catholic Practice and Boston’s Parish Shutdown. Harvard University Press, 2010.

ARTICLES

Eyre, Brian. “Priests Who Marry: Defection or New Direction?” Association of Catholic Priests. April 20, 2016, https://www.associationofcatholicpriests.ie/2016/04/priests-who-marry-defection-or-new-direction/

Harris, Elise. “What Does it Mean for a Priest to be Laicized?” Crux Catholic Media. March 16, 2017, https://cruxnow.com/interviews/2017/03/16/actually-mean-priest-laicized/

Hartley, Kevin. "The Priest Who Turned His Back on the Church – For Love.” The Independent. January 4, 2018, https://ind.pn/2nbnxzu

Slick, Matt. "Testimonies from ex-Roman Catholic Priests.” Christian Apologetic and Research Ministry. 2017, https://carm.org/testimonies-ex-roman-catholic-priests

Stamm, Martin J. "The Laicization of Corporate Governance of Twentieth Century American Catholic Higher Education." Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 94, no. 1 (1983): 81-99.

Willard, Mara. "Interrogating A Mercy: Faith, Fiction, and the Postsecular." Christianity & Literature 63, no. 4 (2014): 467-487.

OTHER RESOURCES

Crawford, Sue E.S. Clergy at Work in the Secular City. Ph.D. dissertation. Indiana University, 1995.

"On Catholic Culture." A blog for U.S. Catholic Magazine by Stephen Shneck, http://www.uscatholic.org/blog/201506/catholic-culture-30152