The Catholic Church and the nation-state: comparative perspectives

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"A book that astutely crosses the theology-political Science divide to probe the relation between faith and culture. The authors capture multiple tensions and ambiguities as the Catholic Church faces challenges of secularization, nationalism, and democracy across the globe."—Clarke E. Cochran, Texas Tech University

"Manuel, Reardon, and Wilcox have assembled a superb group of scholars to discuss the global challenges to the Catholic Church. Organized thematically and covering all corners of the world, this work should become an essential read for anybody interested in Catholicism or religion more generally."—Anthony Gill, author of "Rendering Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church and the State in Latin America"

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Contents

Theoretical Considerations on the Relationship
1
The Theological and Political Challenges
13
The Vatican as a Transnational Actor
33
The Challenge of Secularization
51
Of Being Catholic and American
69
The Challenge of Opposition
101
From Oppression to Liberation
131
The Challenge of Justice
149
The Challenge of Reconciliation
173
The Prophetic Tradition Politics
191
The Challenge of Accommodation
207
Obstacles to Reconciliation
227
Ecclesial Community within the
245
Appendixes
259
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