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Catholic Bishops in the United States: Church Leadership in the Third Millennium

Stephen J. Fichter, Thomas P. Gaunt, Catherine Hoegeman, and Paul M. Perl


During the past 30 years the Catholic bishops of the United States have captured the national headlines with their statements on nuclear disarmament and economic justice, their struggles to address sexual abuse by clergy, their concerns about abortion and religious freedom, and their defense of refugees and immigrants. The nearly 200 bishops leading local dioceses, though, are a varied mix of Church leaders. In 2016 all of the bishops were surveyed with an eye to better understanding who are the bishops as individuals (their background, education, and experiences), what are their day-to-day ac ... More

Keywords: U.S. Catholic bishops, leadership, Church governance, challenges and hopes, social issues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190920289
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190920289.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen J. Fichter, author
Adjunct Professor, Immaculate Conception Seminary

Thomas P. Gaunt, author
Executive Director, Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

Catherine Hoegeman, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Missouri State University