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Michael J. Schuck and John Crowley-Buck

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.001.0001

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Catholics in Indonesia and the Struggle for Democracy

Catholics in Indonesia and the Struggle for Democracy

Chapter:
(p.87) Catholics in Indonesia and the Struggle for Democracy
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Democracy, Culture, Catholicism
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Baskara T. Wardaya

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267309.003.0006

To understand the contemporary relationship between the people and state of Indonesia and the Catholic faith, one must analyze the complex history that has given rise to both in the archipelago. Wardaya offers such an analysis by tracing the histories of both Catholicism and Indonesia from the pre-colonial days of the archipelago to today. Wardaya identifies key moments in this history: colonialism and the Dutch East India Company, the arrival of the Society of Jesus and the encounter between the different religions in the area, the end of colonial occupation after World War II, the rise (and fall) of Suharto, the 1965 Tragedy, the rise (and fall) of Sukarno, and the democratically oriented, post-colonial state of Indonesia and its interreligious citizenry. Indonesia is a nation that has prided itself on being a bastion and exemplar of positive democratizing tendencies, given its history; yet, Wardaya notes that Indonesia today is experiencing an increase in inter-religious conflicts. What the results of these conflicts within Indonesia’s democracy will be, and what the future of Catholicism in Indonesia will be, remain open questions for further analysis.

Keywords:   Catholicism, colonialism, democracy, Dutch East India Company, Indonesia, inter-religious conflict, pancasila, Society of Jesus, Suharto, Sukarno

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