Monash Bioethics Review

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 36–40 | Cite as

Religion, the state and the law

  • Loane Skene


Church leaders often express views on political issues and there is no objection to them doing so. However, when they direct members of Parliament on how they should vote on particular issues and intervene in litigation between private individuals, they contravene the long accepted principle of separation between church and state. That principle was formally acknowledged by Pope Benedict XVI in his most recent Encyclical Letter. The author will give examples of cases in which she believes the Roman Catholic Church has overstepped the mark in intervening in the business of the state.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Loane Skene
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia

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