The author argues that the Vatican’s teaching on family, sexuality and human life is best understood within the frame of Foucault’s concept of biopolitics. His hypothesis is based on two major claims: first, that in the 20th century the Pope took on a new role, that of manager of populations of believers; and second, that a number of essential functions for the Church as an organization, such as the recruitment of members and of clergy, the maintaining of a distinctive Catholic identity, competition with other faiths and competition with nation states, have increasingly revolved around biopolitical issues, particularly around contraception and human life. Therefore, religious teaching on these topics should be read as a discourse where power and morals intertwine.

Vatican biopolitics

TURINA, ISACCO
2013

Abstract

The author argues that the Vatican’s teaching on family, sexuality and human life is best understood within the frame of Foucault’s concept of biopolitics. His hypothesis is based on two major claims: first, that in the 20th century the Pope took on a new role, that of manager of populations of believers; and second, that a number of essential functions for the Church as an organization, such as the recruitment of members and of clergy, the maintaining of a distinctive Catholic identity, competition with other faiths and competition with nation states, have increasingly revolved around biopolitical issues, particularly around contraception and human life. Therefore, religious teaching on these topics should be read as a discourse where power and morals intertwine.
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