Catholicism: Rites, History and Social Issues


Gary Henderson (Editor)

Series: Religion and Society
BISAC: REL000000

Throughout its history, the Roman Catholic Church continues to have a complex and evolving relationship with the political societies and governments of our world. One of the foremost expressions of this relationship is in the form of the teachings and social and political engagements of Catholic bishops and other ordained. Despite the Church’s universalism, these manifestations of Catholic authority are mediated by local societal context and thus take on different character in different places. Chapter One intends to reconstruct, for the first time, and with the help of unpublished documents taken from the historical archive of the Conservatory, the history of this prestigious Roman institution, focusing on the innovations introduced in its educational-assistance program in the course of the late XIX century, during the Fascist period and after World War II. Chapter Two sets out to address the concept of ‘collusion’, forged by Roger Griffin and Emilio Gentile within the field of the Politic History, arguing that it needs to be adjusted to work properly in the field of the History of Religions. Chapter Three explores the relationship between ordained Catholic leadership and political society through an examination of recent political controversy in four countries: the Republic of Ireland, the Philippines, the United States, and Canada. Chapter Four examines the effects of Catholic parishes’ influence on church members’ political opinions in Hong Kong using Paul Djupe and Christopher Gilbert’s theory of church-centered influence on political behavior. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Educating the Minds and the Hearts of Spinsters to Give Society Honest, Educated and Hard-Working Young Ladies: The Conservatory of the Holy Conception in Rome between the 19th and 20th Century
Elisabetta Patrizi (Department of Education, Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Macerata University, Macerata, Italy)

Chapter 2. From “Apostles’ Creed” to the Cult of the Duce: An Exam of the Collusion between Catholicism and Fascism in Interwar Brazil
Renato Amado Peixoto (Dept. of History, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil)

Chapter 3. The Role of Catholic Authorities and Moral Teaching in Political Society and Government: Experiences in Ireland, the Philippines, the United States, and Canada
John Soroski (Department of Political Science, MacEwan University, Alberta, Canada)

Chapter 4. The Influence of the Catholic Church on Issue Importance in Hong Kong
Shun Hing Chan (Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China)



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