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The Realization Of A Catholic Social Doctrine In The Context Of The Rise Of Nationalism In Northern Rhodesia In The 1950s

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Until the late nineteenth century, the Catholic Church was regarded as the antithesis of the modern European nation-state. In this paper the author places the realization of a Catholic Social Doctrine in the context of the rise of nationalism in Northern Rhodesia in the 1950s. This will serve to illuminate: the origins of such Catholic social movements as the Catholic Action, the Legion of Mary and the Young Christian Workers; the emergence of 'public' Catholic elites; and the circumstances attending to the production of the first Catholic pastoral letter, a forerunner to those that would play such a prominent role in post-colonial Zambia. On the eve of Independence in Zambia, the Catholic Church underwent another ideological shift that found expression in the Second Vatican Council. At a public level, the pastoral statements, a common feature of post-colonial Zambia, made the Catholic Church highly visible.

Keywords: Catholic Church; Rhodesia; Vatican Council; Zambia



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