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Modern Papal Diplomacy and Social Teaching in World Affairs

1st Edition

Edited by Mariano P. Barbato, Robert J. Joustra, Dennis R. Hoover


188 pages

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Hardback: 9780367200237
pub: 2019-05-15
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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.

Table of Contents

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

Mathias Albert

4. Diplomacy, Papacy, and the Transformation of International Society

Thomas Diez

5. Rerum Novarum and the Right to Work: 19th-Century Lessons for 21st-Century Labor

Robert Joustra

6. Among Spies, Popes, and the Good Cyrenians: La Commission pour l’Eglise Persécutée as a Transnational Catholic Actor in the Cold War

Adrian Hänni

7. Two "Popes" to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics

Jodok Troy

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

Melanie Barbato

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

George Weigel

14. Catholic Peacemaking, 1991–2005: The Legacy of Pope John Paul II

Drew Christiansen

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

About the Editors

Mariano P. Barbato is Heisenberg Fellow at the Center of Religion and Modernity at the University of Münster, Germany. Currently he leads the research project ‘Legions of the Pope. A case study in social and political transformation’, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. He has published widely on religion and politics.

Robert J. Joustra is Director of the Centre for Christian Scholarship and Associate Professor of Politics & International Studies at Redeemer University College, Canada. He is an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith & International Affairs and author and editor of several books, including most recently The Religious Problem with Religious Freedom: Why Foreign Policy Needs Political Theology (2017).

Dennis R. Hoover is Editor of The Review of Faith & International Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, USA. He is editor of Religion and American Exceptionalism (2014), co-editor with Chris Seiple and Pauletta Otis of The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Security (2013), and co-editor with Douglas Johnston of Religion and Foreign Affairs: Essential Readings (2012).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics

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.

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