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Italy and the Vatican: the 1984 Concordat between Church and State


Maria Elisabetta de Franciscis

This book deals with Church and State Relations in Italy. While it focuses on the period 1965-1985 it also provides a thorough historical background of the issues involved in this relationship from 1860 onwards.
A comparative analysis between the 1929 Lateran Accords and its revisions of 1984 is included, as well as the only English translation of the 1984 text thus far available.
Contents: The political process by which Italy and the Vatican reached an agreement to revise the 1929 Lateran Accords. The process is analyzed through the pressures the society at large, and the political parties in particular exercised on the government, and through the Church's own inward conflict against the persistance of temporal power.