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Parish and PlaceMaking Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church$
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Tricia Colleen Bruce

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190270315

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190270315.001.0001

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(p.170) Chapter 6 Community
Parish and Place

Tricia Colleen Bruce

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the implications of personal parishes for building community across difference. It explores how community works within the context American Catholics’ increased mobility, choice, and differentiation. Personal parishes build local religious community upon similarity. They encourage bonding capital. Bridging capital, or links between dissimilar others, arises out of the interconnections among all parishes in a diocese. Parish matters, but so, too, does diocese. This chapter advances an approach to local religion that is necessarily interdependent and viewed across wider conceptions of space (here, the diocese). Both social and territorial boundaries circumscribe Catholics’ community. This means that Catholic leaders view community across a diocese rather than isolated within individual parishes. Religious institutions make room for diversity by expanding notions of community beyond a single congregation.

Keywords:   community, interdependent, geography of religion, diocese, personal parish, American Catholicism

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