Catholic Church and the Nation-State: Comparative Perspectives

Catholic Church and the Nation-State: Comparative Perspectives

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Overview

How much does the Vatican, and national Catholic Churches, influence politics and public policy debates in countries across the globe? From these cases studies--12 in all--outstanding political scientists explore and analyze the role of the Catholic Church in cross-national politics. After the editors lay out the contents of the book, theologian Kenneth Himes provides a theological conception of the role of the Catholic Church, and shows how theological change--specifically, Vatican II--can fundamentally alter the way the Church engages in politics. Then Lisa Ferrari demonstrates how the Church can be understood as an NGO and political actor. A series of case studies follows: Latin Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Portugal); the United States; Chile; Poland; Ireland and Northern Ireland; East Timor; Brazil; Rwanda; Angola; India; China; The Congo. These case studies are structured around five parts or themes: theological and political challenges; the challenge of secularization; the challenge of opposition; the challenge of justice; and the challenge of accommodation. Using these rubrics the editors place the Catholic Church in a context within particular countries, viz., the biggest challenge facing the Catholic Church in China is accommodation, that is, how the Church can find its place in a society where it is a distinct religious minority. Contributors are attentive to cross-referencing other chapters within the book, which helps with coherence and integration.

Includes a helpful timeline of significant events in the life of the modern Catholic Church, along with eight tables and figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589011151
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 08/16/2006
Series: Religion and Politics Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Christopher Manuel is a professor of political science at Mount St. Mary’s University and a research fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University.

Lawrence C. Reardon is a research associate at the John King Fairbanks Center for East Asian Studies at Harvard University and an associate professor of political science and coordinator of Asian studies at the University of New Hampshire.

Clyde Wilcox is professor of government at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Faith and Culture in a Turbulent Age,Thomas Massaro, SJ, and James Morone

Introduction: Theoretical Considerations on the Relationship between the Catholic Church and the Nation-State

Part One: THE THEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL CHALLENGES OF THE VATICAN1. Vatican II and Contemporary PoliticsKenneth R. Himes, OFM2. The Vatican as a Transnational ActorLisa L. FerrariPart Two: THE CHALLENGES OF SECULARIZATION3. The Latin European Church: "Une Messe est Possible"Paul Christopher Manuel and Margaret MacLeish Mott4. The American Church: Of Being Catholic and AmericanTed G. Jelen5. The Chilean Church: Declining Hegemony?William Lies, CSC and Mary Fran T. MalonePart Three: THE CHALLENGE OF OPPOSITION6. The Polish Church: Catholic Hierarchy and Polish PoliticsTimothy A. Byrnes7. The Catholic Church in Ireland and Northern Ireland: Nationalism, Identity, and OppositionWilliam Crotty8. The East Timorese Church: From Oppression to LiberationAlynna J. LyonPart Four: THE CHALLENGE OF JUSTICE9. The Brazilian Church: Reintegrating Ontology and EpistemologyChristine A. Kearney10. The Rwandan Church: The Challenge of ReconciliationElisée Rutagambwa, SJ11. The Angolan Church: The Prophetic Tradition, Politics, and the StateLinda HeywoodPart Five: THE CHALLENGE OF ACCOMMODATION12. The Indian Church: Catholicism and Indian NationhoodMathew N. Schmalz13. The Chinese Catholic Church: Obstacles to ReconciliationLawrence C. Reardon14. The Congolese Church: Ecclesial Community within the Political CommunityYvon C. Elenga, SJAppendices

A. Vatican Documents with Relevance to Church-State Issues

B. Religious Concentration of the Countries Considered in this Volume

C. Timeline of Significant Events in the Life of the Roman Catholic Church, 1800 to the Present

D. World Values Survey: How Important Is Religion in Your Life?

Contributors

Index

What People are Saying About This

Clarke E. Cochran

A book that astutely crosses the theology-political science divide to probe the relation between faith and culture. The authors capture multiple tensions and ambiguities as the Catholic Church faces challenges of secularization, nationalism, and democracy across the globe.

Anthony Gill

Manuel, Reardon, and Wilcox have assembled a superb group of scholars to discuss the global challenges to the Catholic Church. Organized thematically and covering all corners of the world, this work should become an essential read for anybody interested in Catholicism or religion more generally.

From the Publisher

"A book that astutely crosses the theology-political science divide to probe the relation between faith and culture. The authors capture multiple tensions and ambiguities as the Catholic Church faces challenges of secularization, nationalism, and democracy across the globe."—Clarke E. Cochran, Covenant Health System

"Manuel, Reardon, and Wilcox have assembled a superb group of scholars to discuss the global challenges to the Catholic Church. Organized thematically and covering all corners of the world, this work should become an essential read for anybody interested in Catholicism or religion more generally."—Anthony Gill, author of Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America

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