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Religions 2012, 3(4), 902-921;

Allies Advancing Justice: Cooperation between U.S. Bishops and Call to Action to Promote the Peace and Economic Pastoral Letters (1982–1987)

The Catholic University of America, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, Maloney Hall 300, Washington D.C. 20064, USA
Received: 3 July 2012 / Revised: 26 September 2012 / Accepted: 29 September 2012 / Published: 1 October 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Work on Catholicism)
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This article discusses a phase of an ongoing relationship between a social movement organization (SMO), Call to Action, and the institutional organization (IO) in which it is embedded, the Catholic Church. Relationships between SMOs and IOs are dynamic. At times they may engage in heated conflict related to the SMO’s goal to reform the IO and the desire of the IO leaders to maintain stability. There can also be times when such relationships are less adversarial and even cooperative. This article draws on periodicals, archival data and interviews to describe and analyze a period (1982–1987) when the values and interests of Call to Action and U.S. Bishops coalesced and led to a period of cooperation in which they together promoted the Peace and Economic Pastoral Letters written by the U.S. Conference of Bishops. View Full-Text
Keywords: Roman Catholicism; hierarchy; Vatican II Roman Catholicism; hierarchy; Vatican II
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Pogorelc, A.J. 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, 902-921.

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