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    Women religious, charitable ministries and the welfare state

    Mangion, Carmen M. (2023) Women religious, charitable ministries and the welfare state. In: Harris, A. (ed.) Oxford History of British and Irish Catholicism, vol. V - Recapturing the Apostolate of the Laity, 1914-2021. Oxford History of British and Irish Catholicism V. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198844310.

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    As part of the renewal process coming out of the Second Vatican Council, women religious questioned and rethought their religious ministries. What were once ventures that had at their essence caritas and evangelisation were now embedded in the welfare state apparatus. In examining the shift in women’s ministries, this chapter scrutinizing the letting go of institutional religious ventures, particular those relating to education and medical care by exploring how existing ministries were reshaped and new ones were established. These shifts were often a move from Catholic-centred, identity-laden, instrumental ‘fortress-church’ ministries to forms of service that acknowledged and engaged with those marginalised by society. The move was a significant one, one that allowed them to leave structured ministries with regulated state oversight, to the flexibility of services that offered aid to those marginalised by society. Their concerns became broader than charity, social justice also addressed the need for systemic change and remediation, moving away from the more paternalistic and preventative characteristics of charity


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Carmen Mangion
    Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2023 14:26
    Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 16:38


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