Barry Buckley

Doctor of Philosophy, (History)
Study Completed: 2014
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
"As Loyal Citizens...": The Relationship between the New Zealand Catholicism, the State and Politics, 1945 - 1965

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In 1945, a new phase in the lives of New Zealanders and a new role for the state began. This new phase applied equally to all the churches, where doctrinal and theological concerns were to be supplanted by broader societal and political issues from which the churches were not exempt.  Mr Buckley examined three areas where the interests of the Catholic Church and the state intersected and how both parties chose to interact with one another. In particular, he considered the tensions that existed as the state exercised its prerogatives while the church sought to uphold certain values that appeared at odds with the modern democratic state and how those tensions were resolved.  Despite finding the church’s concerns and aspirations often lacked a political dimension, the state established a relationship with the church that was functional, at times warm, but not always well understood.

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