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Cartografias de atuação de grupos catolicos no judiciário

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Legal Catholicisms, Neoconservatism and Anti-Rights Agenda are themes of new ISER publication

Abortion, economic taxation, labor policy and agribusiness have been fundamental themes for conservative Catholic organizations operating in the legal sphere. This is what reveals the research “Cartography of Antigender Legal Catholicisms”, produced by the Institute of Religious Studies (ISER), to be released this March 25th. By observing the dynamics involving religious groups in the sociopolitical scenario, ISER created the Working Group on Catholicisms and Conservatisms and brought together experts from different disciplinary and theoretical fields, but convergent in the interest of complexifying the discussion on the relevance of the actions of Catholic actors. for conservative hardening in Brazil.

If, on the one hand, ISER has seen, in recent decades, a strong and organized presence of evangelicals, it also observes that Catholic actors and organizations have been claiming their religious identity in the public space. 

In recent years, there have been countless cases of Catholic organizations that have come together in different spaces, with an emphasis on the Judiciary, to prevent the expansion of rights for political minorities, especially with regard to Sexual Rights and Reproductive Rights (DSDR). The research also demonstrates that “there is a systematic pattern of action developed by different fundamentalisms, the result of a strategy that threatens and seeks to control the democracies of South American countries”.

Despite this focus on sexual/moral issues, researchers recognize that conservative Catholic organizations have been expanding their activities by restricting rights in the legal universe. Groups were identified that operate both in the anti-abortion moral arena – which includes extensive legal action around the debate on conception and bioethics – and on topics in the fields of economic taxation, labor policy and agribusiness. 

The full report of the research “Cartography of Antigender Legal Catholicisms” will be published on the Religion and Power platform (www.religiaoepoder.org.br), from ISER, on March 25th, and can also be accessed on the website iser.org.br . 

For more information

Luciana Petersen | ISER Communication Coordinator | comunicacao@iser.org.br

Livia Reis | Social Scientist, coordinator of research and the Religion and Politics area at the Institute of Religious Studies (ISER) | liviareis@iser.org.br 

Rodrigo Toniol | Anthropologist, professor at UFRJ, research coordinator | rodrigo.toniol@gmail.com