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 as 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
Part I: Contemporary Research Articles on the Papacy and World Affairs
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
Part II: Essays from the Archive
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
Mariano P. Barbato is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Passau and Heisenberg, Germany. Currently he is the Principal Investigator of the research project ‘Legions of the Pope. A case study in social and political transformation’, funded by the German Research Foundation. 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).