“The Vatican’s Foreign Policy: avoiding confrontation, accommodating interests”

Catholicism has regarded modernity with suspicion, if not rejection, until quite recently. The modern period has constituted the Vatican’s worst nightmare, not only because it saw the demise of the Church’s power monopoly, but also because the Church had to share power with the modern state. The fear that modern ideals might lead to atheism shaped (and has survived in) the Vatican’s international politics to this day.

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