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Frontiers of FaithBringing Catholicism to the West in the Early Republic$
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John R. Dichtl

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124865

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124865.001.0001

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Making Sacred Place

Making Sacred Place

Churches and Religious Goods

(p.87) Chapter 4 Making Sacred Place
Frontiers of Faith

John R. Dichtl

University Press of Kentucky

Priests served as a means of imposing custom and authority, and also they acted as a fulcrum at the center of Catholic-Protestant relations. Also, Catholicism's material manifestations served as media for contact between non-Catholics and Catholics. Church buildings and their corresponding decorations and religious objects were found to be representations of the continuity lines that kept the faithful grounded on tradition and on the hierarchy of Europe's authority. These also functioned as venues in which non-Catholics and Catholics could meet and converse. This chapter provides a description of how the Catholics were evidently attempting to recreate their world within a Protestant context through putting up several churches, widely distributing religious goods such as candles and statues, and claiming western ground.

Keywords:   Catholicism, material manifestations, churches, religious goods, Protestant context

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