Catholic Church Participation In European Social Policy In The 20Th Century


The topic of this research is determined by the public interest in social issues. The research reflects the merging of law and religion as a new interdisciplinary field that would allow finding out the forms and features of cooperation between the Catholic Church and European states in the sphere of social relations. One of the first institutions in European countries that responded to social challenges was the Church, which began the process of integration into the social and civil space of European countries. The Catholic Church continues to participate actively in protecting and implementing social and civil human rights. The most important issue concerning social Catholicism was the establishment of social justice, which led to the revival of the Catholic Church's role as a significant international player in the protection of human rights. The study focuses on the evolution of Catholic social doctrine. The research is based on the analysis of the encyclicals, the primary documents of the Catholic Church in the socio-economic and political spheres. The purpose of the research is to study the church-state relations established in European countries for the protection of social and civil human rights. The methodological basis consists of the dialectical method, a universal tool of cognition, and several general and specific research methods, including historical, formal-logical, system-structural, and comparative-legal ones. The conclusion includes the authors' position that the Church and the European states were completely in solidarity in protecting social rights.

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Dorodonova, N. V., Chilkina, K. V., & Tumanov, S. N. (2022). Catholic Church Participation In European Social Policy In The 20Th Century. In S. Afanasyev, A. Blinov, & N. Kovaleva (Eds.), State and Law in the Context of Modern Challenges, vol 122. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 169-175). European Publisher.