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Title The intimate : polity and the Catholic Church : laws about life, death and the family in so-called Catholic countries / Karel Dobbelaere & Alfonso Pérez-Agote, eds
Published Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series Kadoc studies on religion, culture and society ; 15
KADOC studies on religion, culture, and society ; 15
Contents Introduction / Karel Dobbelaere and Alfonso Perez-Agote -- Euthanasia and the Belgian Catholic world / Liliane Voye and Karel Dobbelaere -- "Marriage pour tous" : the same-sex marriage controversy in France / Celine Beraud and Philippe Portier -- The Italian Catholic Church and the artifcial-insemination referendum / Annalisa Frisina, Franco Garelli, Enzo Pace, and Roberto Scalon -- Ethical challenges of the Catholic Church in Portugal : the case of same-sex marriage / Helena Vilaca and Maria Joao Oliveira -- The Catholic Church faces ethical challenges in Spain : the regulation of abortion / Alfonso Perez-Agote, Jose Santiago and Antonio Montanes -- Comparative synthesis / Karel Dobbelaere, Alfonso Perez-Agote and Celine Beraud
Summary "For centuries the Catholic Church was able to impose her ethical rules in matters related to the intimate, that is questions concerning life (from its beginning until its end) and te family in the so-called Catholic countries in Western Europe. When the polity started to introduce legislation that was in opposition to the Catholic ethic, the ecclesiastical authorities ad part of the population reacted. The media reported massive manifestations in France against same-sex marriages and in Spain against the de-penalization of abortion. In Italy the Episcopal Conference entered the political field in opposition to the relaxation of several restrictive legal rules concerning medically assisted procreation and exhorted the voters to abstain from voting so that the referendum did not obtain the necessary quorum. In Portugal, to the contrary, the Church made a "pact" with the prime minister so that the law on same-sex marriages did not include the possibility of adoption. And in Belgium the Episcopal Conference limited its actions to clearly expressing with religious, legal and anthropological arguments its opposition to such laws, which all other Episcopal Conferences did also. In this book, the authors analyse the full spectrum of the issue, including the emergence of such laws; the political discussions; the standpoints defended in the media by professionals; ethicists, and politicians; the votes in parliaments; the political interventions of the Episcopal Conferences. The authors also analyse the pro and con evaluations among the civil population of such actions by the Church. Finally, in comparative synthesis, they discuss the public positions taken by Pope Francis to evaluate if a change in Church policy might be possible in the near future"--Page four of cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Catholic Church.
Christianity and politics -- Catholic Church.
Christianity and politics.
Church polity.
Religion and politics.
Form Electronic book
Author Dobbelaere, Karel, editor
Pérez-Agote, Alfonso, editor
Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven (1970- )
ISBN 9461662114 (electronic bk.)
9789461662118 (electronic bk.)