The catholic church has been a presence in the united states since the arrival of french and spanish missionaries in the 16th and 17th centuries the spanish established a number of missions in what is now the western part of the united states the most important french colony was new orleans.
The catholic church in the united states of america chapter 16 in a catechism of church history: 2,000 years of faith and tradition (alexandra: park press quality printing, jubilee 2000 edition), 165-182.
The history of the catholic church in america, however, has much deeper and less triumphant roots most american catholics are aware that the spirit of new england's north american settlements was hostile to catholicism. The american catholic church in the united states | or title, “ american catholic church the accus and its affiliated worldwide jurisdictions are not under the jurisdiction of the roman catholic church and are therefore not subject to the same rules and regulations.
The issue of religious freedom has played a significant role in the history of the united states and the remainder of north america europeans came to america to escape religious oppression and forced beliefs by such state-affiliated christian churches as the roman catholic church and the church of england. Since their first arrival in 1513 in what became florida, roman catholicism has become the largest christian tradition in the united states with 256 million members during its history in america, the pendulum of influence in the church’s governance has swung from active lay participation to strict control by the clergy, and back again. The catholic church in the united states is part of the worldwide catholic church in communion with the pope in rome with 704 million members, it is the largest religious denomination in the united states of america, comprising 22% of the population as of 2017.
The church played an active role in the civil rights movement in 1960, john f kennedy became the first and so far only catholic to be elected president of the united states in 1900, an estimated 3,500 parochial schools existed in the united states.