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By Herman Bakvis

This publication examines the function of the Dutch Catholic church, and particularly of the bishops, in making sure the team spirit of the Catholic way of life for therefore decades and, extra remarkably, in selling drastic social and political adjustments after Vatican II. This improvement remodeled some of the most orthodox church buildings in Western Europe into the main radical and, as Professor Bakvis demonstrates, resulted in the decline and fall of the biggest political get together within the Netherlands. the writer additionally discusses the new formula of the Christian Democratic occasion and the effect of John Paul II's preach. He has drawn upon interviews with clergymen and politicians, in addition to survey and ecological facts, in his portrayal of lifestyles contained in the Catholic way of life at either the grass-roots and the elite degrees. the result's a considerable contribution to our figuring out of the interplay of faith and politics in a plural society and the assets of social gathering loyalty and subcultural cohesion.

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Emancipation came to mean more Catholic institutions. The outstanding examples were the Catholic University founded at Nijmegen in 1923 and the Catholic Broadcasting Organization (KRO) in 1926. In 1926 as well the political party known as the Roman Catholic State Party (RKSP) was founded (previously it had been simply entitled the Association of Catholic Electoral Associations). Many Catholics believed that since they now had the same institutional trappings as other groups, they were on an equal footing.

The Catholic church with its hierarchical structure and emphasis on This page intentionally left blank The Dutch Catholic Community | 19 fully followed the directives for behaviour in Church and society laid down by the Church. He asked no questions but simply did what was expected of him. He had no specifically religious motives for his conduct. " 2 ) The church has available a number of sanctions to back up its directives. In extreme cases those Catholics breaking its rules can be threatened with excommunication, which involves not being allowed to take part in communion and being denied the holy sacraments.

Unity had to be safeguarded. You couldn't start experimenting. Where would it end? It would have been much too dangerous. (Interview 17) The manner in which the clergy were recruited and educated contributed to their loyal and rigorous behaviour.

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