Special Issue "Recent Work on Catholicism"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2012)
Dr. Steven M. Avella
Department of History, Coughlin Hall, 301, Marquette University, PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Phone: +1 414 288 3556
Interests: US Catholicism; Catholicism in the American West; 20th Century US
Catholicism is one of the major religious systems of the world. Claiming more than a billion adherents, it has a visible presence on every part of the globe. In recent years interest in religious history has surged among professional historians. The religious experiences of human kind have become a portal to a fuller understanding of individuals, societies, and nations. Catholicism's historic contributions to global culture and its impact on the values and behavior of men and women (not to mention the built environment and material culture) of the past two millenia is the subject of this gathering of historical work. The cross fertilization of Catholic history with the social sciences, the history of theology and the "cultural turn" in recent historiography has produced a vibrant and stimulating burst of new scholarship.
Dr. Steven M. Avella
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- Roman Catholicism
- Catholic church
- Pope John Paul II
- Pope Benedict XVI
- Vatican II
- liberation theology
Article: Ecclesial Opposition to Large-Scale Mining on Samar: Neoliberalism Meets the Church of the Poor in a Wounded Land
Religions 2012, 3(3), 833-861; doi:10.3390/rel3030833
Received: 16 July 2012; in revised form: 20 August 2012 / Accepted: 30 August 2012 / Published: 7 September 2012| Download PDF Full-text (823 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Allies Advancing Justice: Cooperation between U.S. Bishops and Call to Action to Promote the Peace and Economic Pastoral Letters (1982–1987)
Religions 2012, 3(4), 902-921; doi:10.3390/rel3040902
Received: 3 July 2012; in revised form: 26 September 2012 / Accepted: 29 September 2012 / Published: 1 October 2012| Download PDF Full-text (297 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Priesthood Satisfaction and the Challenges Priests Face: A Case Study of a Rural Diocese in the Philippines
Religions 2012, 3(4), 1103-1119; doi:10.3390/rel3041103
Received: 2 October 2012; in revised form: 16 November 2012 / Accepted: 19 November 2012 / Published: 22 November 2012| Download PDF Full-text (82 KB)
Religions 2013, 4(1), 1-13; doi:10.3390/rel4010001
Received: 14 November 2012; in revised form: 13 December 2012 / Accepted: 14 December 2012 / Published: 21 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (65 KB)
Article: When Institutions Collide: The Competing Forces of Hospitals Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Church
Religions 2013, 4(1), 14-29; doi:10.3390/rel4010014
Received: 29 October 2012; in revised form: 13 December 2012 / Accepted: 17 December 2012 / Published: 21 December 2012| Download PDF Full-text (117 KB)
Article: An Analysis of Foreign Diplomatic Aid to the Catholic Clergy during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939)
Religions 2013, 4(1), 96-115; doi:10.3390/rel4010096
Received: 30 October 2012; in revised form: 17 January 2013 / Accepted: 21 January 2013 / Published: 5 February 2013| Download PDF Full-text (112 KB)
Religions 2013, 4(1), 166-185; doi:10.3390/rel4010166
Received: 29 January 2013; in revised form: 21 February 2013 / Accepted: 7 March 2013 / Published: 15 March 2013| Download PDF Full-text (229 KB)
Religions 2013, 4(2), 267-282; doi:10.3390/rel4020267
Received: 16 February 2013; in revised form: 19 April 2013 / Accepted: 22 April 2013 / Published: 26 April 2013| Download PDF Full-text (130 KB)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Catholic Mothers and Daughters: Conversations
Author: Anne Keary
Affiliation: Faculty of Education, Monash University, Victoria, Australia; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Abstract: In this paper conversations between a group of white middle class Australian mothers and daughters are examined to disclose the symbolic dimensions that mark girlhood, womanhood, motherhood and the mother-daughter dyad within Catholic discourse. In their conversations women unravel and produce understandings of themselves as 'Catholic' women, and as mothers and daughters that operate at both a symbolic and real material level. The women in their dialogue depict a visceral physical account of Catholic feminine desire, guilt, pleasure, piety and anger. They offer insights into the curious patriarchal religious rituals, logic and superstition that shaped their Catholic upbringings and that still permeates their adult lives. For it becomes evident they are still affected by, and living out, the intensity of this religious force. By constructing traces of the Catholic mother-daughter nexus which relates back to women’s conversations, the intention is not to construct a closed off space but, rather, to construct a place in which women actively talk, listen and read and by so doing come to a better understanding of their own social genderered embodied selves.
Title: Towards a New Reading of the Political Thought of the Dévot Party: The Opposition to Cardinal Richelieu’s Ministériat
Author: Dr. Caroline Maillet-Rao
Affiliation: University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada; E-Mail: email@example.com
Abstract: For a long time, the political thought of the dévot party, led by Mathieu de Morgues and Michel de Marillac, has been considered by the official historiography to be supportive of a traditional monarchy, Catholicism, and the extermination of Protestants, while being opposed to the Thirty Years War. This faction’s political thought was in contrast to that of Cardinal Richelieu, which was comparatively regarded as profoundly absolutist and modern. Such an understanding of the devots’ political thought, albeit disputed, continues to prevail. The present article intends to demonstrate that the dévots were in fact on the side of the absolutists, which explains why they were opposed to Richelieu. Indeed, they never criticized absolutism but rather the illegitimate leadership of the government by an all-powerful premier ministre, namely Richelieu. According to the dévots, the ministériat actually betrayed the very essence of absolute monarchy. Before unveiling a new perspective on its political thought, it is important to reflect upon the definition of the dévot party. This will be followed by an overview of the lives and the work of those who were the representatives of this faction, Mathieu de Morgues (1582-1670) and Michel de Marillac (1563-1632). An examination of the historiography on this subject enables this article’s conclusions to be situated in a broader context.
Type of Paper: Article
Title: Sociality as Source of Joy: Priesthood Satisfaction and the Critique of Religious Leadership in the Philippines
Author: Jayeel Serrano Cornelio 1,2
Affiliations: 1 Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Abstract: The study of satisfaction among priests has been considerably limited in the social sciences. Arguably, the analytical dichotomy between institutional leadership and everyday piety in the sociology of religion has rendered invisible the middle-range clergy who occupy important roles in the parish. Studies on the problems of Catholic leadership, for example, would automatically subsume parish priests. Also, existing studies on Catholic priesthood have been predominantly quantitative in their attempts to measure the levels of ministerial morale. This tends to overlook the complexity of how priests navigate conditions of loneliness and politics within the Catholic Church. This qualitative study on the satisfaction of Catholic priests is an attempt to address these gaps. By drawing from the experience of priests in a vicariate in the Philippines, I will argue that their fulfillment as priests lies in sociality: being with people, being empowered to help them better, being listened to, and being with their fellow priests. I will argue, however, that in contrast to merely being a coping mechanism in view of the hardships they face as parish priests in impoverished and far-flung regions, this sociality can be seen as their understanding of authenticity in priesthood. In this light, sociality as a source of priestly fulfillment serves as a critique of the excesses they perceive among their institutional leaders.
Keywords: priesthood satisfaction, sociality, religious clergy, Catholic priests, Philippines
Last update: 12 October 2012