Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12259/95815
Type of publication: research article
Type of publication (PDB): Straipsnis kituose recenzuojamuose leidiniuose / Article in other peer-reviewed editions (S5)
Field of Science: Istorija ir archeologija / History and archaeology (H005)
Author(s): Skirius, Juozas
Title: JAV lietuvių katalikų organizacijų požiūris į Rapolo Skipičio vizitą 1935 m
Other Title: Attitude of Lithuanian American catholic organizations towards the visit of Rapolas Skipitis in the US in 1935
Is part of: Florilegium Lithuanum : in honorem eximii professoris atque academici Lithuani domini Eugenii Jovaiša anniversarii sexagesimi causa dicatum : [mokslo straipsnių rinkinys]. Vilnius : Vilniaus pedagoginio universiteto leidykla, 2010
Extent: P. 321-330
Date: 2010
ISBN: 9789955205180
Abstract: The visit of the chairman of the Society to Aid Lithuanians Abroad Rapolas Skipitis in the US and the Lithuanian colonies (03 April – 29 June1935) promoted the organization of the first Congress of World Lithuanians in Kaunas. The Lithuanian American nationalists, members of the Lithuanian American party Sandara and socialists expressed their open support to the idea of the congress promoted by Skipitis, whereas Catholics and communists remained rather reserved. The success of the visit was first of all guaranteed by the position of the Lithuanian Catholic Church supporting the call of the Congress of World Lithuanians. The recommendation of the church members ensured the positive attitude of larger part of the Catholic leaders of Lithuanian Americans, who also decided to take part in the Congress and organised the meetings of the delegate from Lithuania with the members of Lithuanian parishes. The confidence of the Catholic organizations of Lithuanian Americans, especially the Catholic Unity, in Skipitis and the Lithuanian government was slightly impaired by the restricted position of the Catholic Church in Lithuania and the absence of democratic rights of its citizens. It was believed that the government of Lithuania sought to take advantage of the Congress of Lithuanian Americans to consolidate and legitimate its regime. Nevertheless, the decision of the Catholic leaders of Lithuanian Americans to participate in the Congress was grounded on the aspirations to take advantage of the Congress as the platform for claiming more rights for the Catholic organizations and the society in Lithuania, establishing closer contacts with the Lithuanian Catholics and searching for ways of reducing the loss of national identity within the emigrant community
Internet: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12259/95815
Affiliation(s): Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas
Švietimo akademija
Appears in Collections:Universiteto mokslo publikacijos / University Research Publications

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