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Corporation Sole: Cardinal Mundelein and…

Corporation Sole: Cardinal Mundelein and Chicago Catholicism (edition 1983)

by Edward R. Kantowicz (Author)

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Title:Corporation Sole: Cardinal Mundelein and Chicago Catholicism
Authors:Edward R. Kantowicz (Author)
Info:Univ of Notre Dame Pr (1983), Edition: First Edition (US) First Printing, 295 pages
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Corporation Sole: Cardinal Mundelein and Chicago Catholicism by Edward R. Kantowicz


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From the title "Corporation Sole," this sounds like it might be a book on law, but it's not. The subtitle is "Cardinal Mundelein and Chicago Catholicism," and it's really a biography of the former and history of the latter during the years George Mundelein served as archbishop of that archdiocese (February 1916 - October 1939).

I borrowed this book in the midst of research I was doing on a great-grandfather, because he is mentioned on two pages. I ended up reading the entire book, because it was so interesting and easy to read. Of particular note was a chapter called "Ethnic Tangle," describing the fascinating mix of typical "territorial" parishes organized on a geographic basis, and the existence at that time of numerous "national" parishes for non-English-speaking ethnic groups. For example, in one Chicago South Side neighborhood "roughly two miles long by a mile and a half wide, four territorial parishes staked out the corners of the neighborhood and served the English-speaking (largely Irish) Catholics. But this compact neighborhood also contained three Polish, two Italian, one Lithuanian, one Croatian, one Bohemian, and one German church as well."

I was especially grateful for the author's 47 pages of endnotes (after 241 pages of text), which led me to additional resources about my great-grandfather. There's also a seven-page index, a number of tables and maps, and a chronology.

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