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Mediatized Catholicism—Minority Voices and Religious Authority in the Digital Sphere

Department of Letters, Philosophy and Communication, University of Bergamo, via Pignolo 123, 24121 Bergamo, Italy
Religions 2019, 10(8), 463; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10080463
Received: 30 April 2019 / Revised: 31 July 2019 / Accepted: 1 August 2019 / Published: 3 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Mediatisation in Global Perspective)
Over the last decade, many scholars have explored the thesis of the mediatization of religion proposed by Hjarvard and how mediatization has impacted religious authority. While some scholars have underlined the increasing opportunities for marginalized religious actors to make their voices heard, others have explored how mediatization can also result in the enhancement of traditional religious authority or change the logic of religious authority. Against this background, in this paper, I focus on Christian LGBT+ digital voices in Italy to explore how they discursively engage with the official religious authority of the Catholic Church. The analysis adopts Campbell typology of religious authority. It highlights the complex balance between challenging and reaffirming traditional religious authority, and points out the role of the type of digital community in exploring the effects of the mediatization of religion. View Full-Text
Keywords: mediatization of religion; Catholicism; digital community; religious authority; Christian LGBT+ people mediatization of religion; Catholicism; digital community; religious authority; Christian LGBT+ people
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