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In Rome We Trust: The Rise of Catholics in American Political Life

In Rome We Trust: The Rise of Catholics in American Political Life

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Publication Date: March 21st, 2017
Stanford University Press
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On the heels of an extremely lively U.S. presidential election campaign, this book examines the unusually serene relationship between the chief global superpower and the world's most ancient and renowned institution. The "Catholicization" of the United States is a recent phenomenon: some believe it began during the Reagan administration; others feel it emerged under George W. Bush's presidency. What is certain is that the Catholic presence in the American political ruling class was particularly prominent in the Obama administration: over one-third of cabinet members, the Vice President, the White House Chief of Staff, the heads of Homeland Security and the CIA, the director and deputy director of the FBI, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top military officers were all Roman Catholic. Challenging received wisdom that the American Catholic Church is in crisis and that the political religion in the United States is Evangelicalism, Manlio Graziano provides an engaging account of the tendency of Catholics to play an increasingly significant role in American politics, as well as the rising role of American prelates in the Roman Catholic Church.

About the Author

Manlio Graziano teaches Geopolitics and Geopolitics of Religion at the American Graduate School in Paris, the Sorbonne, and the Geneva Institute of Geopolitical Studies. He is the author of Holy Wars and Holy Alliance: The Return of Religion to the Global Political Stage (2017).