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Catholic Social ActivismProgressive Movements in the United States$
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Sharon Erickson Nepstad

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479885480

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479885480.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Contributions of Progressive US Catholic Movements

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(p.163) Conclusion
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Catholic Social Activism
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Sharon Erickson Nepstad

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479885480.003.0008

The conclusion reflects on the contributions and enduring legacies of the movements described in the book, summarizing the lessons that can be derived from these progressive initiatives and analyzing how they have influenced official church teachings. Using Pope Francis’s “Nonviolence and Just Peace” conference” as an illustration, the conclusion argues that Catholic Social Thought has often been produced because laypeople have pushed the religious hierarchy to respond to the pressing issues of their era. This challenges the idea that such teachings are strictly a top-down phenomenon, with the church’s leaders declaring what its members should believe and what actions they should take.

Keywords:   just peace, nonviolence, Pope Francis, Catholic Social Thought

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