This comprehensive collection offers a concise introduction to the institutional framework of the Holy See, conceptualizing papal agency and positions from a range of international theory perspectives. The authors – international scholars from political science, history and religious studies – explore multiple fields of papal and Vatican influence, ranging from spy networks and inter-religious dialogue to social doctrine and religious freedom.
This book demonstrates that, contrary to secularization theory, the papacy is not in decline in world politics. Since World War II, the Holy See has played a steadily increasing role in international relations. Globalization supports the role of the Catholic Church as a transnational actor not only in the advanced industrial societies of the West but also increasingly across the Global South. In this volume, the authors document the legacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI as well the current pontificate of Pope Francis from a range of contemporary perspectives.
This book comprises research articles and commentary essays on the papacy in world politics originally published in The Review of Faith & International Affairs.
1. Introduction: Popes on the Rise
Mariano P. Barbato, Robert J. Joustra, and Dennis R. Hoover
2. Sovereignty, Supranationalism, and Soft Power: The Holy See in International Relations
Timothy A. Byrnes
3. Beyond Integration and Differentiation? The Holy See and the Pope in the System of World Politics
4. Diplomacy, Papacy, and the Transformation of International Society
5. Rerum Novarum and the Right to Work: 19th-Century Lessons for 21st-Century Labor
6. Among Spies, Popes, and the Good Cyrenians: La Commission pour l’Eglise Persécutée as a Transnational Catholic Actor in the Cold War
7. Two "Popes" to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics
8. Papal Geopolitics: The World According to Urbi et Orbi
Petr Kratochvíl and Jana Hovorková
9. Diplomatic Language in the Deepavali Messages of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
10.A Trajectory Towards the Periphery: Francis of Assisi, Louis Massignon, Pope Francis, and Muslim-Christian Relations
Scott M. Thomas
11. Dignitatis Humanae and the Catholic Human Rights Revolution
Kenneth L. Grasso & Robert P. Hunt
12. Roman Catholicism and the Faith-Based Movement for Global Human Rights
Allen D. Hertzke
13. Pope John Paul II and the Dynamics of History
14. Catholic Peacemaking, 1991–2005: The Legacy of Pope John Paul II
15. A Diplomacy of Candor: Pope Benedict XVI on the Global Stage
Bernard J. O'Connor
16. Benedict XVI: Peacemaker
Drew Christiansen S.J.
17. Catholic Social Teaching, Macintyre’s Social Theory, and Global Development
Scott M. Thomas
This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).
The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.
Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.
In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.