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Such reading and the American experience combined to produce new ways of perceiving and defending Catholicism within American culture. With the exception of Brownson, Catholic apologists in the United States reﬂected neither the learning nor the depth of the Europeans or the American Transcendentalists, but their apologetics did reveal a shift from the rational, objective and individualistic concerns of the Enlightenment to the intuitive, subjective and organic concerns of romanticism. The romantic apologetic had two major emphases.
Brownson, “Conversations on Liberalism and the Church,” Works, 13:13. , 12:490-91; for Brownson’s view of the papacy, see Thomas R. Ryan, “Brownson on the Papacy,” American Ecclesiastical Review 112 (1946): 114-22. Brownson’s review of Kenrick’s The Primacy of the Apostolic See Vindicated (1845) in Brownson’s Quarterly Review 7 (April, 1845): 264. Kenrick, The Primacy (1855), 19. Brownson’s Quarterly Review 7 (April, 1845): 264; cf. also Kenrick, The Primacy, 20. ”64 Thus, this school repeatedly asserted the superiority of the spiritual over the temporal, without maintaining that the church could interfere directly in political affairs.
Archbishop John Ireland of St. Paul, James Cardinal Gibbons of Baltimore, Archbishop John Keane of Dubuque, Bishop Dennis O’Connell of Richmond, and a few Sulpician clerics) tried to create a rapprochement between Catholicism and contemporary American life. These liberal Catholics accommodated themselves, in particular, to the American zeitgeist. In a practical-pastoral and non-systematic way, the Americanists accepted an optimistic and evolutionary world view, a cultural and religious immanentism, an ecumenical spirit, and a religious concern for the economic problems created by industrial expansion.
American Catholic Religious Thought: The Shaping Of A Theological & Social Tradition (Marquette Studies in Theology) by Patrick W. Carey