Bureaucratic Counterinsurgency in Catholic History

Richard A. Schoenherr

Edited by David Yamane

in Goodbye Father

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780195082593
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780199834952 | DOI:
Bureaucratic Counterinsurgency in Catholic History

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This chapter discusses the peculiar aspects of coalitionist behavior in a Catholic setting and analyzes coalition formation in recent Catholic history. In the latter respect, it summarizes three recent studies that analyze the role of the conservative coalition (a coalition composed of bureaucratic leaders who rely on hierarchical power) in the modern Catholic Church: Gene Burn's study of the papal battle against liberalism, Lester Kurtz's account of the mobilization of the papacy and international episcopacy in an attempt to stamp out modernism in the Church, and John Stephens's analysis of the impact of conservative Catholic forces on the transition to and breakdown of democracy in Western Europe. The last part of the chapter discusses Catholic coalitionist power in action.

Keywords: Catholic Church; coalitions; democracy; episcopacy; hierarchical power; history; liberalism; modernism; papacy; Western Europe

Chapter.  4015 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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