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Title: Growing secularisation in a Catholic society : the divorce referendum of 28 May 2011 in Malta
Authors: Pace, Roderick
Keywords: Divorce -- Social aspects -- Malta
Divorce -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Secularization -- Malta
Referendum -- Malta
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: Pace, R. (2012). Growing secularisation in a Catholic society: the divorce referendum of 28 May 2011 in Malta. South European Society and Politics, 17(4), 573-589.
Abstract: The divorce referendum held in Malta on 28 May 2011 was another watershed in Maltese politics, particularly because it confirmed the secularising trends in Maltese society and exposed the complicated cleavages within the Maltese electorate. The result was a major political embarrassment for the ultra-conservative Prime Minister and leader of the Nationalist Party, particularly after he doggedly voted against the divorce bill in parliament notwithstanding the referendum result. The Catholic Church was also embarrassed after leading an aggressive ‘no’ campaign that did not resonate with the demands of society or the expectations of progressive Catholics. While the issue has severely affected the ruling Nationalist Party’s chances of winning the next general election, due in the first quarter of 2013, it may have forced the Church finally to contemplate serious reforms.
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