Institute for Religion, Politics & Society

Global Catholicism

While Roman Catholicism has always understood itself as the universal Church of Christianity, we need to understand what institutions and movements carried the Catholic Church to the world.

With the leadership of Professor Casanova the Institute will explore the historical development of the Jesuits and their global impact historically. To what extent was the Society of Jesus successful as a global movement? Secondly this research will examine the legacy of the Jesuits ‘on the modernization not only of the Church but the secular societies on which it had an impact. Finally in a world of changing global communications, the project will explore the nature of religious globalization.