The Intimate. Polity and the Catholic Church

The Intimate. Polity and the Catholic Church

Laws about Life, Death and the Family in So-called Catholic Countries

Édité par Karel Dobbelaere, Alfonso Pérez-Agote

The waning influence of the Catholic church in the ethical and political debate
For centuries the Catholic Church was able to impose her ethical rules in matters related to the intimate, that is, questions concerning life (from its beginning until its end) and the family, in the so-called Catholic countries in Western Europe. When the polity started to introduce legislation that was in opposition to the Catholic ethic, the ecclesiastical authorities and part of the population reacted. The media reported massive manifestations in France against same-sex marriages and in Spain against the de-penalization of abortion. In Italy the Episcopal conference entered the political field in opposition to the relaxation of several restrictive legal rules concerning medically assisted procreation and exhorted the voters to abstain from voting so that the referendum did not obtain the necessary quorum. In Portugal, to the contrary, the Church made a "pact" with the prime minister so that the law on same-sex marriages did not include the possibility of adoption. And in Belgium the Episcopal conference limited its actions to clearly expressing with religious, legal, and anthropological arguments its opposition to such laws, which all other Episcopal conferences did also.

In this book, the authors analyse the full spectrum of the issue, including the emergence of such laws; the political discussions; the standpoints defended in the media by professionals, ethicists, and politicians; the votes in the parliaments; the political interventions of the Episcopal conferences; and the attitude of professionals. As a result the reader understands what was at stake and the differences in actions of the various Episcopal conferences. The authors also analyse the pro and con evaluations among the civil population of such actions by the Church. Finally, in a comparative synthesis, they discuss the public positions taken by Pope Francis to evaluate if a change in Church policy might be possible in the near future.

Research by GERICR (Groupe européen de recherche interdisciplinaire sur le changement religieux), a European interdisciplinary research group studying religious changes coordinated by Alfonso Pérez-Agote.

Céline Béraud (Université de Caen), Annalisa Frisina (Università degli Studi di Padova), Franco Garelli (Università degli Studi di Torino), Antonio Montañés (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Enzo Pace (Università degli Studi di Padova), Philippe Portier (École pratique des hautes études, Paris-Sorbonne), Jose Santiago (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Roberto Francesco Scalon (Università degli Studi di Torino), Liliane Voyé (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Titre The Intimate. Polity and the Catholic Church
Sous-titre Laws about Life, Death and the Family in So-called Catholic Countries
Édition Première édition
Partie du titre Numéro 15
Édité par Karel Dobbelaere, Alfonso Pérez-Agote
Langue anglais
Éditeur Leuven University Press
BISAC Classifications thématiques REL105000 RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies
REL012110 RELIGION / Christian Life / Social Issues
REL010000 RELIGION / Christianity / Catholic
BIC Classifications thématiques HRCV4 Christian aspects of sexuality, gender & relationships
HRCC7 Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church
Dewey (abrégé) 260 Christian social theology
205 Religious ethics
282 Roman Catholic Church
Public visé 05 Enseignement supérieur
CLIL (Version 2013 ) 3347 Christianisme
3348 Catholicisme
3087 Sociologie du genre
Date de première publication du titre 27 octobre 2015
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Classification thématique Thema: JBSF      93 Classification thématique Thema: QRM      93 Classification thématique Thema: QRMB1
Support Livre broché
Nb de pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 9462700273
ISBN-13 9789462700277
Référence 118685-83
Date de publication 27 octobre 2015
Contenu du produit Text (eye-readable)
Nombre de pages de contenu principal 224
Format 17 x 23,8 x 1,5 cm
Poids 425 gr
Prix 39,50 €