Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tamil Popular Catholicism: Réunion

This is a rough outline of a lecture I gave last weekend at the annual Crossing Borders convocation. 1. Brief History of Réunion The island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean was uninhabited until the 17th century, being discovered by … Continue reading

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Indian Popular Catholicism

The persistent defiance of normative boundaries and the periodic excursion into forbidden ritual territories, so prominent in Santal popular Catholicism, have been matters of concern for the Church hierarchy. Are these necessarily signs of a dysfunctional Catholicism? Is there a … Continue reading

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Purpose: The Study of Popular Catholicism

John Henry Newman, On Consulting the Faithful: Then follows the question, Why? and the answer is plain, viz. because the body of the faithful is one of the witnesses to the fact of the tradition of revealed doctrine, and because … Continue reading

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