The First U.S. Cathedral Turns 200

The First U.S. Cathedral Turns 200
AP Photo/The Baltimore Sun, Barbara Haddock Taylor

Baltimore's Bishop John Carroll had a decision to make. It was 1805, and the diocese then encompassed the entire U.S. Years before, Pope Pius VI had urged Carroll to build a cathedral church. But what kind of building would it be? And what would it say about American Catholics? His choice would set American Catholicism’s tone for years to come.

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