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New book explores how Catholic parishes contribute to polarization

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By presenting a detailed analysis of the families and local religious cultures in two Catholic parishes — one conservative and the other progressive — “The Spirit’s Tether” reveals through the activities and faith stories of parishioners how their respective parishes shape the ways they approach the routines of family life as well as the ways they connect these everyday challenges to public politics.

Konieczny’s areas of research include religion in family life and religion in democracy.

--Susan Guibert

Reprinted with permission from ND Newswire. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Konieczny, 574-631-2781,