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Three instances of Church and anti-communist opposition: Hungary, Poland and Romania
Three instances of Church and anti-communist opposition: Hungary, Poland and Romania

Author(s): Daniela Angi
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: SACRI - Societatea Academica de Cercetare a Religiilor si Ideologiilor
Keywords: Church; religion; civil society; communism; opposition; nationalism; Orthodoxy; Catholicism

Summary/Abstract: The article analyzes the relationship between the dominant Churches from Hungary, Poland and Romania and the opposition to Communist regimes. The Churches – seen as institutional actors of civil society – are analyzed in terms of their material and symbolic resources which may act as prerequisites for the initiation or support of oppositional activities. The relation of accommodation between the Church and the Communist regimes installed in the three countries are also analysed comparatively. The analysis follows the politically significant behaviour of the three Churches and the corresponding attitudes and measures developed by the Communist authorities. The article discusses Poland as the only case where the Church has been actively involved, on multiple levels, in oppositional activities. The distinctive feature in the Polish case is given by the complex ties developed by the Church with the remaining actors of the anti-Communist opposition, as well as by the enduring presence of religious imagery within the Polish society. Hungary and Romania displayed only a modest activity in the direction of religion-based opposition, being marked by isolated acts of defiance from individual members of the clergy in the context of an overall passivity of the Churches.

  • Issue Year: 10/2011
  • Issue No: 28
  • Page Range: 21-64
  • Page Count: 44
  • Language: English