Transnational Catholicism in Post-Communist Europe

By (author) Timothy A. Byrnes

Publication date:

05 September 2001

Length of book:

176 pages

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9780742511781

Through the use of three case studies—Poland, Croatia, and the Slovak Republic—Timothy Byrnes argues that the Catholic Church remains deeply involved in the central politics of this vital region over both governmental structure and public policy; deeply implicated (for better or worse) in the ethnic divisions that characterize the post-communist era; and profoundly part of the social fabric of virtually every state in East Central Europe.
Transnational Catholicism in Post-Communist Europe is a pathbreaking work, which will set the style for studies of comparative politics in the future. Tim Byrnes has succeeded in integrating general theoretical perspectives and broad historical trends with a sensitive, nuanced understanding of the importance of national and local circumstances. Put simply, this is a very important book, which will be indispensable to analysts of European politics or the politics of Roman Catholicism.