U.S. Intellectual History Blog

McGreevy on Catholics in American Politics

John McGreevy has a wonderful article in the September 2007 issue of the American Quarterly (the link requires a subscription). He offers an intellectual genealogy of the current Catholic positions on abortion and their connection to the wider political and cultural context of the last 70 years. It’s a very well-written article, one that helps explain the complex relationship of Catholics and evangelicals on abortion, the role of Catholics in crafting moral jurisprudence, and the shifting relationship of Catholicism, Protestantism, and partisan politics. It would also be great for students because it covers so much ground in so few pages while remaining totally accessible. The complete citation, for those without subscription access, is: John McGreevy, “Catholics, Democrats, and the GOP in Contemporary America,” American Quarterly 59 (September 2007): 669-682. –DS