Politics and Religious Authority: American Catholics Since the Second Vatican Council

Politics and Religious Authority: American Catholics Since the Second Vatican Council

by Richard Gelm


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This study assesses the political effects of the Second Vatican Council on the politics of American Catholics. After discussing Catholic contributions to political development since the Middle Ages, Gelm argues that changes since Vatican II signify a major departure from the Church's authoritarian and anti-democratic actions of the past. Among the most significant changes has been the increased political activism of America's Catholic bishops. Gelm has surveyed the political attitudes of U.S. Catholic bishops and investigated their political values and motives. Emphasizing the way in which religion adapts and changes, the study provides a valuable consideration of the tensions within the U.S. Catholic Church since Vatican II and the political impact of Vatican II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313289033
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/1993
Series: Contributions to the Study of Religion Series , #36
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 916,940
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)

About the Author

RICHARD J. GELM is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of La Verne.

Table of Contents



Religion, Political Development, and Change

Religious Contributions to Political Culture

Catholic Social Teaching and the Second Vatican Council

Politics and the U.S. Catholic Bishops

Religion, Politics, and the Catholic Laity

Conclusion: The Enduring Connection between Religion and Politics


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