Abortion and Catholicism in Britain: Attitudes, Lived Religion and Complexity

Sarah-Jane Page, Pam Lowe

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This book details how British Catholic communities view abortion, highlighting the diversity of positions which often contrast with the official line of Catholic Church doctrine. The authors’ extensive qualitative investigation involving various Catholic constituents demonstrates the complex ways attitudes are formed. Based on interviews with priests, Catholic parishioners, anti-abortion activists and Catholics living in close proximity to activism, this book takes a lived religion approach to argue that attitudes and approaches to abortion are nuanced and contextual, with the Catholic concept of individual conscience playing a fundamental role in navigating abortion issues. Ultimately, this investigation helps to explore in much greater depth the increased liberalisation in attitudes among Catholics towards abortion, at a time when Catholic activism opposing abortion is growing, and therefore shines a light on the conflicts that are apparent at the heart of Catholic parishes.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages286
ISBN (Electronic)9783031546921
ISBN (Print)9783031546914, 9783031546945
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2024

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2946-4390
ISSN (Electronic)2946-4404


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