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Issues of family structure, gender roles, social status, and national heritage unfolded through the generations after immigrationand how for Catholic immigrants and their children, religion stood at the heart of those issues. ( http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org ) Ritual and prayer are integral parts of Catholic life, from the sacraments which mark the sacred milestones on life's journey to the smaller rituals of daily devotion. In the case of the Eucharist, these two overlap: the Eucharist is both the sacramental heart of Catholic life and, for many believers, a daily event. The Mass is usually celebrated in a church, but Catholics carry many other ritual actions of devotion and worship into the nooks and crannies of everyday life. ( http://www.patheos.com ) Throughout history tradition has made wars, especially with the Roman Catholics and the Greek Orthodox. Roman Catholics and Orthodox nuke it out, each claiming the other's tradition is wrong, while sola Scriptura advocates point them back to the Bible as the only hope for unity!( http://www.bible.ca ) Both Roman Catholics and Orthodox view the other churches tradition as invalid. We merely highlight the fact that, contrary to their claims, "church tradition" does not bring about uniform doctrine and interpretation of scripture. The first Roman Catholics to enter the American colonies settled in Maryland in 1634. They were under the control of the Vicar Apostolic of London, but the American Revolution made that arrangement untenable. John Carroll, who had been serving as the Superior of Catholic Missions for the United States, wrote to Rome in 1785. Realizing the negative effects of a state- controlled church, Carroll endorsed the separation of church and state. He believed in a more private and personal piety than public, clerically led, devotional services. Rome acceded and Carroll became Bishop of Baltimore in 1791. ... View Full Document

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