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Religion and ModernityAn International Comparison$
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Detlef Pollack and Gergely Rosta

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198801665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198801665.001.0001

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A Stronghold of Catholicism

A Stronghold of Catholicism


(p.143) 5 A Stronghold of Catholicism
Religion and Modernity

Detlef Pollack

Gergely Rosta

Oxford University Press

Compared to other Western European countries, Italy stands out in its rather high level of religiosity. Weekly church attendance has consistently exceeded the one third mark; confidence in the church has increased slightly; belief in God has remained at a high level; and belief in life after death, and in heaven and hell, has increased. The chapter investigates why both church practice and people’s ties to their faith have remained more or less stable since the 1980s. The shorthand answer is diversity in unity. Just as the Catholic movement is supported vertically by the high density of personnel and the developed institutional structures of the Catholic Church, so it is embedded horizontally in a climate of acceptance of Catholicism practised as a habit. At the same time, it is able to give mobilizing impulses both to the church hierarchy and its members.

Keywords:   papacy, Catholicism, migration, religious movements, Democrazia Cristiana, Communist Party, Focolarini, Communione e Liberazione

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