Appeared in Vol. 12 No. 1

The history of the Catholic Church in America has been a colorful one lled with an amazing ethnic diversity. Although this diversity of ethnic culture has been a source of enrichment for the Church, it has also presented a number of dif culties. The Church’s efforts to deal with the problems of Catholic immigration makes for interesting reading. It is a topic quite timely, particularly in consideration of the large Hispanic immigration into the southwestern United States. In this historical and sociologi- cal investigation Dr. Varacalli focuses upon the dif cult story of the southern Italian immigrant and his relationship to the Church and American society. He foresees the emergence of a new “Italian problem” which can be placed in the broader context of an ongoing struggle between religious and secular culture.

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