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The Decline of Political Catholicism in Italy

Catholic Social Ethics

The election of Matteo Renzi represents a low point in the fortunes of political Catholicism in democratic Italy, as engaged Catholics across the political spectrum have less influence over the national government than at probably any point since World War II. This decline in fortunes illustrates the weaknesses of mainstream Catholic political strategies in the post-Cold War era. A cross-country comparison of Italy and the U.S. can help illustrate how the struggles of political Catholicism in the early twenty-first century reflect certain weaknesses in the Catholic Church’s current understanding of its social mission.

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  1. Sorry I missed your post describing “how U.S. political Catholicism is in a state of crisis…” So I’m not sure what ‘crisis’ that is. I vote, I study the issues and candidates, and I’ve never been prevented from voting or even asked what my religious affiliation is.
    If you’re talking about the USCCB and their political agenda, I don’t think I gave them permission to speak to the Federal government for me on issues that the bishops have not asked me about. So if by ‘crisis’ you mean that the bishops are not asking or have not, or had not asked their flocks ‘so, how do you feel about this issue?’ yeah, that is a problem. Hoping Pope Francis example of surveying and starting a dialogue sets a good example. Otherwise, it is our individual conscience that we’re supposed to inform and act upon. Not the conscience of the bishops… And if Catholics are involved in their civic and community affairs that’s a much better gauge of CST.
    I’ll look for that previous post. Sorry about Italy…

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