Catholics with long memories know the pre-Vatican II parish “mission.” On for two or three weeks, it had a portion for children, a week exclusively for women, another for men alone. Segregated assemblies, presided over by several visiting priests, included daily Mass, lengthy confessional queues, and many sermons-one or more fueled by sulfuric hellfire.
In Catholic Revivalism (1978), Notre Dame history professor Jay Dolan traced...
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