American Bishops and Religious Freedom: Legacy and Limits
AbstractThis paper explores continuity and change in the American Catholic hierarchy’s promotion of and later reliance on religious freedom. With an analysis spanning more than 50 years, it first traces the pressures for reform that created the Declaration more than 50 years ago, demonstrating that American bishops were crucial actors in the Declaration’s existence and passage, and that this was the case because of the strong legitimacy pressures they were under as Roman Catholic leaders in a predominantly Protestant country. The paper then turns to a summary of how the Birth Control Mandate of the Affordable Care Act once again created pressures for legitimacy for the American Catholic hierarchy, pressures which were again articulated in terms of critiques of hypocrisy. It demonstrates that although the specific critique changed, accusations of hypocrisy remain central in discussions of the Catholic Church’s stance on the Birth Control Mandate in the Affordable Care Act. View Full-Text
Scifeed alert for new publicationsNever miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
- Get alerts for new papers matching your research
- Find out the new papers from selected authors
- Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
- Define your Scifeed now
Wilde, M. American Bishops and Religious Freedom: Legacy and Limits. Religions 2016, 7, 131.
Wilde M. American Bishops and Religious Freedom: Legacy and Limits. Religions. 2016; 7(11):131.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wilde, Melissa. 2016. "American Bishops and Religious Freedom: Legacy and Limits." Religions 7, no. 11: 131.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.