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Gloria Truly Estrelita

PhD Student
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Début du doctorat : 2018

Discipline : Histoire

Direction de la thèse : Nathalie Clayer (EHESS) et Rémy Madinier.


Titre de la thèse : The Cardinal's Social Program: The Indonesian Catholic Church, Islam and the Anti-communist Movement (1969 - 1981)

Gloria Truly Estrelita


Résumé :

This research is an attempt to understand the religio-political issues in Indonesia. Under the dictatorship of Suharto, the religious institutions played an important role in the anti-communism  program in Indonesian correctional institutions. The study focuses primarily on a monographic approach to the Indonesian Catholic Church’s program for political prisoners accused of communism called ”the Cardinal’s Social Program”. Through a triple prism, the study of the Cardinal’s Social Program allows us to look at Indonesian contemporary History. We first explore the question of the differing attitudes within the Indonesian Catholic Church towards the coup attempt in 1965. Then, we examine how the Cardinal’s Social Program opened up the conversion to catholicism which took place after 1965 in the territories that used to be considered Muslim. Finally, the question of the normalisation of the relation between the Indonesian Catholic Church and the new regime is addressed. Using archives, documents and oral sources, this research examines the Catholic Church’s attitude, whether it supported human rights as is mentioned in Vatican II or was a way to gain political power.

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