Skip to main content

Crisis in the Parish?

  • Chapter
  • First Online:
Abortion and Catholicism in Britain
  • 22 Accesses

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the perspectives of Catholics who live in close proximity to clinics where anti-abortion activism occurs. We examine their experiences and how the activism has impacted their faith lives. We start by looking more in depth into the meaning of a parish, to then examine data generated from parishes experiencing acute conflict over abortion, analysing the impact on community dynamics and implications for those with a connection to the Catholic Church. The second part of the chapter will then consider the bigger picture regarding how the issue of abortion sits in relation to other issues facing the Church, such as conflicts between liberal and conservative factions, and broader dynamics regarding sexuality and the body. Abortion is one issue among many that Catholic parishioners are managing. Theoretically, we also develop the idea of contextual lived religion, forged in context and relationally.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or eBook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Chapter
USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
eBook
USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Hardcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

References

  • Adler, G. J., Bruce, T. C., & Starks, B. (2019). Introduction: What is a parish? Why look at Catholic parishes? In G. J. Adler, T. C. Bruce, & B. Starks (Eds.), American parishes: Remaking local Catholicism (pp. 1–22). Fordham University Press.

    Chapter  Google Scholar 

  • Bruce, T. (2017). Parish and place: Making room for diversity in the American Catholic Church. Oxford University Press.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Clements, B., & Bullivant, S. (2021). To conscience first, and to the pope (long) afterwards? British Catholics and their attitudes towards morality and structural issues concerning the Catholic Church. Review of Religious Research., 63, 583–606.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Clements, B., & Bullivant, S. (2022). Catholics in contemporary Britain: Faith, society, politics. Oxford University Press.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Cuneo, M. W. (1997). The smoke of Satan: Conservative and traditionalist dissent in contemporary American Catholicism. John Hopkins University Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • Ealing Council. (2018, April 10). Consultation documents.

    Google Scholar 

  • Evolvi, V. (2017). Is the pope judging you? Digital narratives on religion and homosexuality in Italy. In A. Dhoest, L. Szulc, & B. Eeckhout (Eds.), LGBTQs, media and culture in Europe (pp. 135–152). Routledge.

    Google Scholar 

  • Ganiel, G. (2016). Transforming post-Catholic Ireland: Religious practice in late modernity. Oxford University Press.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Helmick, R. G. (2014). The crisis of confidence in the Catholic Church. Bloomsbury.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Inglis, T. (2007). Catholic identity in contemporary Ireland: Belief and belonging to tradition. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 22(2), 205–220.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • Lowe, P., & Page, S.-J. (2022). Anti-abortion activism in the UK: Ultra-sacrificial motherhood, religion and reproductive rights in the public sphere. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Lowe, P., & Page, S.-J. (2023). Raising ‘true believers’: Anti-abortion ‘education’ for primary children in the UK. Sociological Research Online. https://doi.org/10.1177/13607804231175012

  • Massey, D. (1994). Space, place and gender. Polity Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • McDannell, C. (1998). Material Christianity: Religion and popular culture in America. Yale University Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • McPhillips, K. (2018a). Silence, secrecy and power: Understanding the Royal Commission findings into the failure of religious organizations to protect children. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 31(3), 116–142.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • McPhillips, K. (2018b). “Soul murder”: Investigating spiritual trauma at the Royal Commission. Journal of Australian Studies, 42(2), 231–242.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  • O’Connell, J. (2001). The Catholic Church and sexuality: The tensions of love, freedom and law. In J. A. Selling (Ed.), Embracing sexuality: Authority and experience in the Catholic Church (pp. 103–126). Routledge.

    Google Scholar 

  • Page, S.-J., & Shipley, H. (2020). Religion and sexualities: Theories, themes and methodologies. Routledge.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Turpin, H. (2022). Unholy Catholic Ireland? Religious hypocrisy, secular morality, and Irish irreligion. Stanford University Press.

    Google Scholar 

  • Valentine, G. (2017). Public space and the culture of childhood. Routledge.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Wilkins, A. (2008). Wannabes, goths and Christians: The boundaries of sex, style and status. University of Chicago Press.

    Book  Google Scholar 

  • Yip, A. K. T., & Page, S.-J. (2013). Religious and sexual identities. Ashgate.

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2024 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG

About this chapter

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this chapter

Page, SJ., Lowe, P. (2024). Crisis in the Parish?. In: Abortion and Catholicism in Britain. Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-54692-1_7

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-54692-1_7

  • Published:

  • Publisher Name: Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-031-54691-4

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-031-54692-1

  • eBook Packages: Social SciencesSocial Sciences (R0)

Publish with us

Policies and ethics