Special Issue "Catholic Church–State Relations in Global Transition"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 11593
We are pleased to invite you to participate in this Special Issue of Religions whose focus is on “Catholic Church–State Relations in Global Transition.” Our volume will explore the changing political dynamic between the Catholic Church and its relations with civil states by examining events, treaties, laws, religious documents, political movements, and other sources as needed. This variety of approaches will serve to provide a broad palette of articles to identify, synthesize, and analyze Church–State policies and trends that reflect these shifts It will also enable discussions of their power consequences, and the ability of the Church to serve as a moral advocate and viable partner in social, economic, and political issues around the globe.
This Special Issue aims to provide original research in articles that reflect international relations between the Catholic Church and civil governments. Research areas and proposals may include (but are not limited to) the following:
- Current Catholic Church–State policies: ideological, partisan, or independent?
- Prophetic politics: a Biblical solution for today’s Church–State relations?
- Benevolent secularism: a new model of Church–State relations?
- How are Church–State politics changing in traditional Catholic states?
- What are the major challenges to Church–State politics in secular states?
- How do Vatican policies of life/marriage/sexuality/immigration, etc. impact Church–State relations?
- What is occurring globally on issues of social justice, and human rights in a Church–State context?
- What roles do canon law and civil law play in the context of Church–State relations?
- What roles do Catholic political parties play in legislation, and adjudication in the Church-State context?
Description of the Special Issue:
Catholic Church–State relations are changing globally, causing the political dynamic between these two institutions to shift as well. This phenomenon can be characterized by a power transition—one in which independent Catholic political behavior, based on its theology and social doctrines, is being challenged by civil interests to adapt the Church’s principles to a new paradigm—one reflected in progressive public policies. These are mainly dealing with life and death issues, marriage, education, immigration, social justice needs, human rights, and international affairs.
This transition is occurring for many reasons. Among them is a need for the Catholic Church to adjust to shifting religious demographics; to respond to challenges from materialism, pluralism, and multiculturalism; to counter the increasing influence of civil over canon law and to repair the Church’s reputation due to clerical sexual abuse.
It is necessary, then, to ask how, or should, the Church retain its moral relevance and political influence in the context of Church–State relations during current global demands for social change? This broad question defines the scope and nature of this Special Issue of Religions, but others flow from it as well. How is support for Catholic policies on Church and State changing in theory and practice? Can the Church retain/recover its former position as a moral guide and advocate in international relations? What does the erosion of Catholic religious influence mean politically for the Church, traditional Catholic states, and increasingly secular ones in the future?
Significance: The purpose of this volume, then, is to examine, synthesize, and analyze the reasons behind challenges to Catholic Church–State relations and to help to articulate a balanced path forward for the common good of all. In a larger and more pragmatic sense, this examination can discern both the positive and negative effects of these changes and enable scholars, political leaders, and Church officials to consider solutions to major challenges that impact the moral and political policies of the present and the future.
Dr. Jo Renee Formicola
Manuscript Proposals and Manuscript Submission Information
Proposals may be sent directly to the Guest Editor at [email protected] by September 1, 2021. They should be no longer than two pages. They will be reviewed and returned by October 15 with recommendations about submitting manuscripts, if accepted.
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Submitted Manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- moral advocacy
- Vatican foreign policy
- religious demographics
- clerical sexual abuse
- benevolent secularism
- religious accommodation
- canon law
- political parties