Clerical ‘non-negotiable values’ were actively promoted by right-wing governments in the 2000s, the Monti government that replaced them was strongly supported by the Vatican and the Italian bishops, and the current left-wing government is led by a former member of the Catholic popolari who attends Mass every Sunday. But this article argues that, rather than a new golden age of political Catholicism, the return of Catholicism to Italian politics has taken a ‘low intensity’ form which lacks the robust combination of ideas, leaders, organizations, and interests that informed earlier, genuinely political forms of Catholic engagement. The article demonstrates this by focusing on the ‘Todi movement’, which played a crucial role in the Monti government, and on Matteo Renzi’s current leadership of the Partito democratico and the national government. It also proposes a theoretical framework to explain the apparent contradiction between the high visibility and the low political relevance of Catholicism in Italian politics.

Il movimento neoclericale di Todi e il caso Renzi come esempi di irriconducibili al tipo 'cattolicesimo politico'. L'interesse dei due casi risiede anche nella loro contemporaneità ad un ritorno dei religious parties ed al fatto che che i due casi si verifichino in una delle partie del cattolicesimo politico: l'Italia.

Diotallevi, L. (2016). On the Current Absence and Future Improbability of Political Catholicism in Italy. JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES, 21(3), 464-484.

On the Current Absence and Future Improbability of Political Catholicism in Italy

DIOTALLEVI, Luca
2016-01-01

Abstract

Il movimento neoclericale di Todi e il caso Renzi come esempi di irriconducibili al tipo 'cattolicesimo politico'. L'interesse dei due casi risiede anche nella loro contemporaneità ad un ritorno dei religious parties ed al fatto che che i due casi si verifichino in una delle partie del cattolicesimo politico: l'Italia.
Clerical ‘non-negotiable values’ were actively promoted by right-wing governments in the 2000s, the Monti government that replaced them was strongly supported by the Vatican and the Italian bishops, and the current left-wing government is led by a former member of the Catholic popolari who attends Mass every Sunday. But this article argues that, rather than a new golden age of political Catholicism, the return of Catholicism to Italian politics has taken a ‘low intensity’ form which lacks the robust combination of ideas, leaders, organizations, and interests that informed earlier, genuinely political forms of Catholic engagement. The article demonstrates this by focusing on the ‘Todi movement’, which played a crucial role in the Monti government, and on Matteo Renzi’s current leadership of the Partito democratico and the national government. It also proposes a theoretical framework to explain the apparent contradiction between the high visibility and the low political relevance of Catholicism in Italian politics.
Diotallevi, L. (2016). On the Current Absence and Future Improbability of Political Catholicism in Italy. JOURNAL OF MODERN ITALIAN STUDIES, 21(3), 464-484.
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