Catholicism Faces the Illiberal World Order

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Drew Christiansen SJ

 Drew Christiansen SJ / Issue 1905 / Published Date:18 April 2019/Last Updated Date:6 September 2019

The Liberal World Order that grew up after the Second World War and matured after the European revolutions of 1989 is now in decline. Values like human rights, the rule of law, democracy, the free movement of peoples, religious and cultural pluralism, and free trade are under challenge.

The allure of internationalist liberalism began to fade in the last decade with the failure of the Arab Spring. Today, with the resurgence of ethno-nationalism across Europe and the United States, it seems to be gravely damaged.

This article examines the close, though not uncritical, relationship between Catholic Social Teaching, the Church’s social-pastoral strategies and the Liberal World Order over the last 70 years.

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