The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes

28 Pages Posted: 1 Jun 2017  

Jodok Troy

University of Innsbruck - Department of Political Science; The Europe Center (2016-2018), Stanford University

Date Written: May 31, 2017

Abstract

This article contextualizes papal human rights discourse and contributes a hitherto neglected aspect to the debate of human rights and religion in the international realm. The research points out three key findings: (1) John Paul II dominates papal human rights discourse, which has gained traction since the end of the Second World War. (2) Although Francis takes an outsider role in the general papal discourse, he does not differ in principle from the mainstream human rights discourse. (3) From the first evocation of human rights by a pope, there is a persistent trend stressing both individual human rights and collective ones.

Keywords: Pope, Francis, Church, human rights, International Relations

Suggested Citation

Troy, Jodok, The Papal Human Rights Discourse: The Difference Pope Francis Makes (May 31, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2978145

Jodok Troy (Contact Author)

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The Europe Center (2016-2018), Stanford University ( email )

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United States

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