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Religious role in societal shifts, not just culture wars

In an interview with Jesuit magazines, Pope Francis said "that issues linked to the politics of culture wars have been allowed to displace other concerns. 'We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods. This is not possible.'"

[A newly-released] report opens with the observation that, dating to the role of faith-inspired activists in opposing slavery and opening Settlement Houses in poor slums, religious social activists have shaped what has come to be known as the progressive movement. For example, the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s. But since the 1970s, the role of religious motivations in public policy has come to be defined more by the Moral Majority, focused on traditional definitions of family, pushing back against societal shifts. As the report observes: "Popular narratives about religion's role in public life continue to focus on the influence of religious conservatives in campaign and policy debates."

Source: Catholic News Service, "Nuns on the Bus tours" , Apr 26, 2014

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