Global Catholicism, Tolerance and the Open Society

An Empirical Study of the Value Systems of Roman Catholics

  • Arno Tausch
  • Stanislaw Obirek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Arno Tausch, Stanislaw Obirek
    Pages 1-17
  3. Arno Tausch, Stanislaw Obirek
    Pages 19-31
  4. Arno Tausch, Stanislaw Obirek
    Pages 99-132
  5. Arno Tausch, Stanislaw Obirek
    Pages 133-142
  6. Arno Tausch, Stanislaw Obirek
    Pages 143-163
  7. Arno Tausch, Stanislaw Obirek
    Pages 165-190
  8. Arno Tausch, Stanislaw Obirek
    Pages 191-200
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 201-209

About this book


This book systematically assesses the political and social values of the more than 1.3 billion Catholics around the globe, by far the largest denomination of Western Christianity. Based on an extensive analysis of data from the World Values Survey and other global opinion surveys, the book sheds new light on the value systems and opinions of Roman Catholics. The authors highlight core problems and challenges the Church is currently facing in adapting to the modern world, including Catholic anti-Semitism, religious and sexual tolerance, and opinions towards democracy, while also offering an anthropological reflection on how well the Church is adapting or failing to adapt to the requirements of an open society.


Values and opinions of the Catholic Church Anti-Semitism and the Roman Church Open society Religious tolerance and the Roman Church Homosexuality and the Church Second Vatican Council Judaism Ecumenical dialogue Civil society Democracy World value survey data

Authors and affiliations

  • Arno Tausch
    • 1
  • Stanislaw Obirek
    • 2
  1. 1.University of InnsbruckInnsbruck, TyrolAustria
  2. 2.American Studies CenterUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-23238-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-23239-9
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