|"Factionalism in Church-State Interaction: The Croatian Catholic Church in the 1980s"
|Slavic Review, Vol. 44, No. 2, Summer
|In this article Pedro Ramet, who is considered by many to be among the leading scholars of church history and religious questions in Yugoslavia, discusses in greater detail the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the communist establishment in Croatia in the 1980s. Ramet convincingly argues for the necessity to acknowledge the existence of factions within both entities and supports his argument with a wide range of examples. The article lacks profound or innovative theoretical framework, but indeed provides the reader with plenty of empirical material that is often referred to in other studies of church-state relationship and related issues in Yugoslavia. Ramet’s argument basically undermines the claims of some of the Croat nationalists (both lay and clerics) that the Church has been always opposing the communist regime and securing the national identity.
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