Putting the current sexual-abuse scandal in the Church and the media's response in a much larger context, this stimulating history of both Catholicism and anti-Catholicism is a model of nuanced scholarship and provocative reading.
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Catholics in America have had to contend with the idea that they owe more loyalty to the Pope in Rome than to their own country. Maryland was founded as a colony based on religious tolerance, with particular focus on Catholics. The Roman Catholic Church was virtually the only Christian church in the former Western Roman Empire until the Protestant Reformation.