RELATIONS BETWEEN CHURCH AND STATE IN REPUBLIC OF CROATIA

  • Biljana Ribić University of Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract

This article offers an analyze of the relation between the state and the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia in the end of 20th and in the beginning of 21st century and shows how political pluralism and democracy have created conditions for a new, greater and more important role of religion in Croatian society and politics. On the first democratic elections held in spring 1990 important role of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia was emphasized as well as its influence onto newly formed political parties and their voters alike. The approach which is in particular adopted in this article is a comparative study of position of the Roman Catholic Church in Croatia in two periods, straight after the first democratic elections, i.e. during 1990s and in more recent years, i.e. in the first decade of 21st century.

Keywords: Religion, Roman Catholic Church, Croatia, Democracy, Nationalism

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