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"The Catholic Danger”: The Changing Patterns of Swedish Anti-Catholicism 1850-1965

Werner, Yvonne Maria LU (2013) In European Anti-Catholicism in a Comparative and Transnational Perspective 31.
Abstract
In the 1860s, Sweden’s harsh religious legislation was liberalised. The Dissenter Act legalised conversions to other Christian denominations, but it put in place many obstacles to leaving the established church, and many of the legal restrictions were obviously anti-Catholic in intent. Anti-Catholic sentiment was also expressed in conjunction with the legislative proposals and parliamentary debates on the question of religious freedom that preceded the Religious Freedom Act of 1951. The fact that full religious freedom was introduced so late stemmed largely from fears that the Catholic Church would grow strong under the protection of a more liberal religious legislation. The article addresses anti-Catholic rhetoric in Sweden from the mid... (More)
In the 1860s, Sweden’s harsh religious legislation was liberalised. The Dissenter Act legalised conversions to other Christian denominations, but it put in place many obstacles to leaving the established church, and many of the legal restrictions were obviously anti-Catholic in intent. Anti-Catholic sentiment was also expressed in conjunction with the legislative proposals and parliamentary debates on the question of religious freedom that preceded the Religious Freedom Act of 1951. The fact that full religious freedom was introduced so late stemmed largely from fears that the Catholic Church would grow strong under the protection of a more liberal religious legislation. The article addresses anti-Catholic rhetoric in Sweden from the mid 1800s to the early 1960s with focus on the debates in the media and in parliament. It is found that there was a shift in the perception of the ‘Catholic danger’. At the beginning of the period, anti-Catholicism was prompted by a desire to shield Protestant religious unity; later the objective became more and more secular. Even if the Lutheran heritage still played an important role for the Swedish cultural identity, common values were no longer motivated by religion, but purely by politics and ideology. (Less)
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Swedish cultural identity, Lutheran heritage, Anti-Catholicism, Catholic Danger
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European Anti-Catholicism in a Comparative and Transnational Perspective
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Werner, Yvonne Maria and
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31
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Rodopi
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978-90-420-3707-6
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Den katolska faran: Antikatolicismen som en identitetsformerande kraft i Norden
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English
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  abstract     = {In the 1860s, Sweden’s harsh religious legislation was liberalised. The Dissenter Act legalised conversions to other Christian denominations, but it put in place many obstacles to leaving the established church, and many of the legal restrictions were obviously anti-Catholic in intent. Anti-Catholic sentiment was also expressed in conjunction with the legislative proposals and parliamentary debates on the question of religious freedom that preceded the Religious Freedom Act of 1951. The fact that full religious freedom was introduced so late stemmed largely from fears that the Catholic Church would grow strong under the protection of a more liberal religious legislation. The article addresses anti-Catholic rhetoric in Sweden from the mid 1800s to the early 1960s with focus on the debates in the media and in parliament. It is found that there was a shift in the perception of the ‘Catholic danger’. At the beginning of the period, anti-Catholicism was prompted by a desire to shield Protestant religious unity; later the objective became more and more secular. Even if the Lutheran heritage still played an important role for the Swedish cultural identity, common values were no longer motivated by religion, but purely by politics and ideology.},
  author       = {Werner, Yvonne Maria},
  editor       = {Werner, Yvonne Maria},
  isbn         = {978-90-420-3707-6},
  keyword      = {Swedish cultural identity,Lutheran heritage,Anti-Catholicism,Catholic Danger},
  language     = {eng},
  publisher    = {Rodopi},
  series       = {European Anti-Catholicism in a Comparative and Transnational Perspective},
  title        = {"The Catholic Danger”: The Changing Patterns of Swedish Anti-Catholicism 1850-1965},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2013},
}