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Crossing Parish Boundaries: Race, Sports, and Catholic Youth in Chicago, 1914-1954

Timothy B. Neary


This book expands and complicates the history of race relations in northern cities by analyzing the little-known and largely forgotten story of Catholic interracialism prior to the modern civil rights movement. Bishop Bernard Sheil created the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in 1930 as a Catholic version of muscular Christianity, using the glamour of sports to attract thousands of boys and girls from neighborhoods throughout Chicago. A nationally-known figure by the mid-1930s, the cosmopolitan Sheil was the antithesis of Father Charles Coughlin, Detroit’s anti-Semitic radio priest. Catholic ... More

Keywords: Catholic social teaching, Chicago, CYO, interracial, John McGreevy, parish, pluralism, Bishop Bernard Sheil, sports, urban history, Catholic Youth Organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226388762
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226388939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy B. Neary, author
Salve Regina University