Yesterday, one my closest American friends, Christopher Gildemeister, received his long overdue PhD from our alma mater, The Catholic University of America, with a dissertation entitled An Analysis of the Portrayal of Catholicism on Prime-Time Network Entertainment Television, 1950-1980. It was dearly earned, but few people I know deserve more to bear the appellation Doctor of Philosophy.
You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.
“’Who Will Guard the Guardians?’ Church Government and the Ecclesiology of the People of God,” in Jeremy Bonner, Mary Beth Fraser Connolly and Christopher Denny, eds., Empowering the People of God: Catholic Action Before and After Vatican II ( 2013).
“The Limits of Acceptable Behavior:The ‘Arundel Affair’ and the Social Gospel in Progressive Pittsburgh.” Western Pennsylvania History 92:2 (2009): 50-61.
Called Out of Darkness Into Marvelous Light: A History of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, 1750-2006 (2009).
"The Pittsburgh Paradigm: The Rise of Confessional Anglicanism in Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1950-2000." Anglican and Episcopal History 77:3 (September 2008): 257-286.
The Road to Renewal: Victor Joseph Reed and Oklahoma Catholicism, 1905-1971 (2008).
"'An Account of My Stewardship': Mercer Green Johnston, the Episcopal Church and the Social Gospel in Newark, N.J., 1912-1916." Anglican and Episcopal History 72:3 (September 2003): 298-321.
"State, Church and Moral Order: the Mormon Response to the New Deal in Orem, Utah, 1933-1940." Journal of Mormon History 28 no.2 (Fall 2002): 81-103.