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Fighting against the Moral Agenda of Zapatero’s Socialist Government (2004–2011): The Spanish Catholic Church as a Political Contender

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Aguillar Fernández, Susana (2012) Fighting against the Moral Agenda of Zapatero’s Socialist Government (2004–2011): The Spanish Catholic Church as a Political Contender. Politics and Religion, 5 . ISSN 1755-0483

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Even though not all European churches can be ascribed a political profile, moral issues have unleashed the protest of some of them alongside Christian-inspired groups and advocacy coalitions. Mobilization against these issues is not surprising in democracy but the different role that churches might play is. Unlike other European churches, the Spanish Catholic Church has acted as a political contender under Zapatero’s rule (2004-2011). The new Socialist agenda, with its emphasis on morally-liberal reforms, has triggered a protest in which the church has invested significant resources and helped mobilize the more Conservative quarters of the Catholic society. This adversarial role is distinctive but not unique: the Italian and Polish churches have also opted for confrontational strategies in the face of similar challenges. However, the Spanish case is most relevant because, unlike other predominantly Catholic societies (Italy, Portugal, Ireland, and Poland), it has experienced a most profound and fastest secularization process. Confrontation can then be explained by the supply (a well-endowed Church that enjoys a privileged relationship with a non-confessional state) and not by the demand.


Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science > Goverments
Social sciences > Sociology > Social movements
ID Code:29429
Deposited On:13 Apr 2015 10:59
Last Modified:13 Apr 2015 10:59

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