Roman Catholic Church

Only Francis Could Go to Arabia

Robert J. Joustra • Feb 18 2019 • Articles

The Pope’s visit to the United Arab Emirates signals that the Gulf states have much to gain and little to lose from aligning themselves with the West.

Religion in the European Union: The Neglected Variable

Brent F. Nelsen and James L. Guth • Dec 23 2015 • Articles

Despite the secularisation of European politics and other changes in the religious environment, a confessional culture still affects movement towards European unity.

The State of the Vatican: Past Its Use-By Date?

John R Morss • May 2 2015 • Articles

The Papacy took a giant step forward with Pope Benedict’s resignation, setting the precedent for shorter terms in that role. The Pope is no longer a medieval monarch.

Review – The Global Vatican

A. Alexander Stummvoll • Feb 23 2014 • Features

Rooney’s account is an interesting introduction to US-Vatican relations, but is also a reminder that analyses should not be left solely to participants in such relationships.

Review – Vatican Diplomacy at the United Nations

Jodok Troy • Dec 5 2013 • Features

Melnyk’s deep knowledge of the issue traces the aspirations of the Holy See at the United Nations to its theological roots, which want the Holy See to be a voice for the defense of human dignity.

Review – Global Institutions of Religion

Jeffrey Haynes • Dec 3 2013 • Features

Marshall’s goal is to provide as comprehensive an overview as possible of what she refers to as ‘global institutions of religion,’ and the variety of infinitely diverse organizations they inspire.

What do Faith-based Organisations Seek at the United Nations?

Jeffrey Haynes • Nov 15 2013 • Articles

The UN is increasing interactions with faith-based organizations (FBO) due to an awareness that the ‘values’ FBOs bring to global governance need to be factored in to its deliberations.

The Catholic Church in International Politics

Alan Chong • Nov 14 2013 • Articles

The Catholic Church sees itself as a universal association of believers in a Christian God, serves to enlarge normative space in IR, and deploys Faith and Hope as values for global society.

The Nature and Role of the Catholic Church and the Holy See in the International Order

Robert John Araujo • Sep 24 2013 • Articles

The Catholic Church has a unique status in international law and relations. Through the international person of the Holy See, the Church exercises sovereignty in international relations.

The Diplomacy of the Holy See in the Modern Era

Francis Rooney • Sep 9 2013 • Articles

The Holy See, lacking a territorial agenda, plays a unique role around the world today, and its diplomacy remains as relevant to humanity in the 21st century as it has been in the past.

Papal Politics, Paul VI, and Vatican II: The Reassertion of Papal Absolutism

Aaron Milavec • Jul 28 2013 • Articles

After Pope John XXIII died, Paul VI used three encyclical letters to defeat the conciliarism of Vatican II, and advance papal absolutism in areas like indulgences, celibacy, and birth control.

In the Footsteps of John XXIII: Pope Francis and the Embodiment of Vatican II

John Borelli • May 16 2013 • Articles

Pope Francis resembles Pope John XXIII more than any other pope of the past 50 years, and signs are positive he will be a shining example for interreligious dialogue and social justice.

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