Catholic and Catholic-related organisations, such as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of London and the Vatican-funded Global Network of Catholic Charities have been criticised by academics for using religion as a cover for their own agenda.
But are they doing this out of concern for their religious mission?
The answer is no.
Catholic-related activities in the UK have been growing for decades, but the Catholic Church is a powerful institution, so the Church is seen as a leader in their fight for social justice and inclusion.
In this paper, I investigate whether Catholic-associated activities are actually being used as a tool of the Church’s agenda and how this impacts on the Catholic community.