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  1. Christian Democratic Party - Promotes Christian values in Parliament and evaluates all legislation on Biblical principles. Formerly The Call To Australia Party, and Fred Nile Group in NSW.
  2. Kristdemokraterna - The Christian Democrats. Information about their core beliefs.
  3. Christian Democratic Party of Finland - Principles, objectives, history, structure and leadership of the party.
  4. African Christian Democratic Party - For a Bible based South Africa.
  5. Christian Democratic Union - English-language articles, principles, leader profiles, and agenda of Germany's major center-right party.
  6. Ulster Christian Democrat Party - Provides platform for reform of church and state in Northern Ireland, including positions on constitutional structures and the bill of rights.
  7. African Christian Democratic Party, - South African party formed in 1993. News and speech transcripts, manifestoes and policies, biographies, and links included.
  8. International Democrat Union (IDU) - An association of 70 member parties from 56 countries that include conservative, Christian Democrat, and other parties of the centre right.
  9. Ulster Christian Democrat Party - Advocates the recreation of Ulster as an independent and sovereign state based on Christian principles. Provides platform for reform of church and state including positions on constitutional structures and the bill of rights.
  10. Christian Democratic Union (CDU) - English-language articles, principles, leader profiles, and agenda of Germany's major center-right party.
  11. Fine Gael - Recent news, information, policies, party history and details of elected officials. Founded in 1933 by supporters of the 1921 treaty the party is Ireland's main opposition party and has formed government several times. Led by Enda Kenny the party has a Christian Democratic orientation.
  12. Christian Democratic Party - Describes policies, offers current news, and lists contact information for the local CDP group.
  13. The Nature of Christian Democracy: A Review and Critique of Maurice Glasman - Article by Nigel Meek published in the Libertarian Alliance's Economic Notes, No. 95 which reviews "Unnecessary Suffering: Managing Market Utopia," a history of the European Christian Democratic movement.
  14. Christian Confederacy of Intermarium - A proposed federation of Christian democratic and allied political parties, organizations and individuals in Central Europe. English, Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Ukrainian content regarding doctrine, structure, summits, history and news, and campaigns and related organizations.
  15. European Union of Christian Democratic Workers (EUCDW) - Workers' organisation of the European People's Party. Member directory, publication archives, calendar, and links to resources in English, French, and German.
  16. EPP-ED Group in the European Parliament - Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats in the European Parliament. News releases, policies and documents, group structure and members, and photographs and reports from events. Content available in EU languages.
  17. SDM: Studenti Demokristjani Maltin - Organization of students advocating Christian Democratic principles in Malta. Content includes general principles, photo gallery, discussion forum, and e-mail newsletter, as well as contributed articles about Maltese and European politics and links to related organizations.
  18. European Democrat Students (EDS) - A federation of Christian-Democrat, Conservative and Liberal student organizations from across Europe, allied with but independent of the EPP and EDU. History, policy papers, structure, map of countries represented by members, and activity and event information provided.
  19. European Democrat Students - A federation of Christian democrat, conservative, and liberal student organisations throughout Europe, affiliated with EPP and EDU. History and background information, activities and events, publications, and documents and reports from working groups provided.


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    Christian democracy


    Christian democracy is a political ideology which synthesizes the ideals of Christianity and democracy. It emerged in nineteenth-century Europe under the influence of conservatism and Catholic social teaching.[1] It continues to be influential in Europe and Latin America, though in a number of countries its Christian ethos has been challenged by secularisation.

    In practice, Christian democracy is often considered conservative on cultural, social, and moral issues (and is thus a supporter of social conservatism) while advocating a social market economy. In Europe, where opponents have traditionally been more leftist social democrats, Christian democratic parties are moderately conservative overall, whereas in the very different cultural and political environment of South America they tend to lean to the left.[citation needed]

    Examples of Christian democratic parties include Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Chile's Christian Democratic Party, Switzerland's Christian Democratic People's Party, the Netherlands' Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA), and Italy's Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC).


    Christian democratic Political viewpoints


    As with any political ideology, Christian democracy has had different manifestations over time and between countries; there are some broad ideologies that are called Christian democracy.

    As a generalisation, it can be said that Christian democratic parties in Europe tend to be moderately conservative, and in several cases form the main conservative party in their respective countries (e.g. in Germany, Spain, and Belgium).[citation needed] In Latin America, by contrast, Christian democratic parties tend to be progressive and to some degree influenced by liberation theology.[2] These generalisations, however, must be nuanced by the consideration that Christian democracy does not fit precisely into the usual categories of political thought, but rather includes elements common to several other political ideologies:

    • In common with conservatism, traditional moral values (on marriage, abortion, etc.), opposition to secularization, a view of the evolutionary (as opposed to revolutionary) development of society, an emphasis on law and order, and a rejection of communism.
    • In contrast to conservatism, open to change (for example, in the structure of society) and not necessarily supportive of the social status quo.
    • In common with liberalism, an emphasis on human rights and individual initiative.
    • In contrast to liberalism, a rejection of secularism, and an emphasis on the fact that the individual is part of a community and has duties towards it.
    • In common with socialism, an emphasis on the community, social justice and solidarity, support for a welfare state and support for regulation of market forces.
    • In contrast to socialism, most European Christian Democrats support a market economy and do not adhere to the concept of class struggle. This has not always carried over to some Latin American Christian Democratic Parties, which have been influenced by liberation theology.

    Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood have noted that "Christian democracy has incorporated many of the views held by liberals, conservatives and socialists within a wider framework of moral and Christian principles."[3]

    Christian democrats are usually socially conservative, and, as such, generally have a relatively skeptical stance towards abortion and same-sex marriage, though some Christian democratic parties have accepted the limited legalization of both. Christian democratic parties are often likely to assert the Christian heritage of their country, and to affirm explicitly Christian ethics, rather than adopting a more liberal or secular stance.

    On economic issues, Christian democrats normally do not completely oppose capitalism as an economic system, unlike their repudiation of atheistic communism and similar ideologies,[4] though they do see the economy as being at the service of humanity. The duty of the state towards society is of real importance for Christian democrats, though some would see this duty as being mostly to create the conditions for civil society to flourish, while others would see it as a more direct duty of the state towards citizens. In recent decades, some right-leaning Christian democratic parties in Europe have adopted policies consistent with an economically liberal point of view but still support a regulated economy with a welfare state, while by contrast other Christian democrats at times seem to hold views not dissimilar from Christian socialism.


    Christian democratic History


    Christian democracy as a political movement was born at the end of the 19th century, largely as a result of the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum of Pope Leo XIII, in which the Vatican recognized workers' misery and agreed that something should be done about it, in reaction to the rise of the socialist and trade union movements. The position of the Roman Catholic Church on this matter was further clarified in subsequent encyclicals, such as Quadragesimo Anno, by Pope Pius XI in 1931, Populorum Progressio by Pope Paul VI in 1967, Centesimus Annus, by Pope John Paul II in 1991, and Caritas in Veritate by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.[5] Christian democracy has evolved considerably since then, and it is no longer the Catholic ideology of Distributism, although it is based on Catholic social teaching, as outlined in the 2006 official "Catechism of the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church". (In Germany, for example, the Christian Democratic Party emerged as a grouping dominated by Rhenish and Westphalian Catholics, but also encompassed the more conservative elements of the Protestant population.) Following World War II, Christian democracy was seen as a neutral and unifying voice of compassionate conservatism, and distinguished itself from the far right. It gave a voice to "conservatives of the heart", particularly in Germany, who had detested Adolf Hitler's regime yet agreed with the right on many issues.

    In Protestant countries, Christian democratic parties were founded by more conservative Protestants in reaction to the political power of liberal tendencies within the Protestant churches. In the Netherlands, for instance, the Anti Revolutionary Party was founded in 1879 by conservative Protestants; it institutionalized early 19th century opposition against the ideas from the French Revolution on popular sovereignty and held that government derived its authority from God, not from the people. This Burkean position is sometimes also called Christian Historian. It was a response to the liberal ideas that predominated in political life. The Christian Democrats of Sweden, rooted in the Pentecostal religious tradition, has a similar history.

    While Christian democracy is of Roman Catholic origin, it has been adopted by many Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Christians as well. Some Christian democratic parties, particularly in Europe, no longer emphasize religion and have become much more secular in recent years. Also within Europe, two essentially Islamic parties, the Democratic League of Kosovo and Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (usually known by the Turkish acronym AKP, for Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi) have moved towards the tradition. The Democratic League of Kosovo is now a full member of the Centrist Democrat International (see below).

    Christian democracy can trace its philosophical roots back to Thomas Aquinas and his thoughts on Aristotelian ontology and the Christian tradition. According to Aquinas, human rights are based on natural law and defined as the things that humans need to function properly. For example, food is a human right because without food humans cannot function properly. Modern authors important to the formation of Christian democratic ideology include Emmanuel Mounier, Étienne Gilson, and Jacques Maritain[citation needed].

    Christian Democratic initiatives based on its philosophy also have practical and political results in the movement's direction. Christian Democrats believe in the importance of intermediary organizations that operate in between the individual and the state. Therefore they support labor unions but in many countries organized their own Christian trade unions separate from socialist unions. These unions in turn formed the strong left wing of many CD parties. Christian democratic opposition to secularism and support of religious organizations as intermediary organizations led to support for church operated schools, hospitals, charities and even social insurance funds. This resulted in strong Christian Democratic support for the government (or mandatory payroll tax) social welfare funding of these institutions.


    Christian democratic Christian democracy around the world


    The international organization of Christian democratic parties, the Centrist Democrat International (CDI), formerly known as the Christian Democratic International, is the second largest international political organization in the world (second only to the Socialist International). European Christian democratic parties have their own regional organization called the European People's Party, which form the largest group in the European Parliament, the EPP Group.


    Christian democratic Christian democracy in Europe

    Christian democracy has been especially important in the politics of Italy (inspired by Luigi Sturzo; see Christian Democracy (Italy)), Norway (see Christian Democratic Party of Norway), and Germany (see Christian Democratic Union (Germany) and Christian Social Union in Bavaria). Major Christian democratic influence can also be seen in the politics of Austria (see Austrian People's Party), Belgium (see Christian Democratic and Flemish (CD&V), Humanist Democratic Centre (CDH) and Christian Social Party (CSP)), Finland (see Christian Democrats (Finland)), France, Ireland (see Fine Gael), Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (see Christian Democratic Appeal), Portugal (see Democratic and Social Centre – People's Party), Poland (see Civic Platform and Polish Peasants' Party), Romania (see Christian-Democratic National Peasants' Party), Spain (see, Partido Popular, Democratic Union of Catalonia), Sweden (see Christian Democrats (Sweden)) and Ukraine (see Christian Democratic Union (Ukraine)). Christian democracy is not very strong in the United Kingdom where the Conservative Party dominates conservative politics and does not advocate Christian democratic platforms, but Christian democratic parties do exist. The Christian Peoples Alliance (CPA), The Common Good, the Christian Party and the Christian Democratic Party are the four Christian democratic parties currently in the UK.

    The Nationalist Party of Malta is a Christian democratic party and has won seven out of ten general elections since Malta's independence in 1964. Currently governing, it has won its third consecutive general election in 2008. It advocates staunch Christian values including bans on abortion and, until recently, divorce.


    Christian democratic Christian democracy in Latin America

    Christian democracy has been especially important in Nobel Peace Prize.


    Christian democratic Christian democracy in Australia

    Christian democratic parties in Australia are said to include not only the party called 'The Christian Democratic Party", but also the Democratic Labour Party (which is a social democratic party) and Family First Party (which is regarded by some as a liberal democratic party).

    In Victoria, and NSW Australian Labor Party (ALP) state executive members, parliamentarians and branch members associated (rightly or wrongly) with the Industrial Groups or B. A. Santamaria and The Movement, were expelled from the party (against that party's rules). They formed a new party, soon to be known as the Democratic Labor Party (DLP). Later in 1957, a similar split occurred in Queensland, with the resulting group subsequently joining the DLP. The party also had sitting members from Tasmania and New South Wales at various times, though it was much stronger in the former mentioned states.

    The party was in agreement with the ruling conservative Liberal and Country parties on many issues, which resulted in their preferencing of these parties over the ALP. However, it was more morally conservative, militantly anti-communist and socially compassionate than the Liberals. The DLP was defeated by the federal election of 1974 that saw its primary vote cut by nearly two thirds, and the entry of an ALP government. The DLP never regained its previous support in subsequent elections and formally disbanded in 1978, but a small group within the party refused to accept this decision and created a small, reformed successor party.

    Though his party was effectively gone, Santamaria and his National Civic Council took a strong diametrically opposed stance to dominant neoliberal/New Right tendencies within both the ALP and Liberal parties throughout the eighties and early nineties.

    A new Christian party that found its first strength in 1981 was the Christian Democratic Party (initially known as the "Call to Australia" party). It gained 9.1% of the vote in the New South Wales (NSW) state election of 1981, but its vote rapidly declined thereafter. This Protestant party had some very similar social policies to the DLP. Its support base has generally been restricted to NSW and Western Australia, where it usually gains between 2–4% of votes, with its support being minuscule in other states. It has had two members of the NSW state parliament for most of its existence.

    Another Australian Christian democratic party of note is the Family First Party. It has had one or two members in the SA parliament since 2002, and in 2004 also managed to elect a Victorian senator. Its electoral support is small, with the largest constituencies being South Australia (4–6%), and Victoria (around 4%). Family First generally receives lower support in national elections than in state elections.

    In 2006, the new DLP experienced a resurgence. The successor party struggled through decades of Victorian elections before finally gaining a parliamentary seat when the Victorian upper house was redesigned. Nevertheless, its electoral support is still very small in Victoria (around 2%). It has recently reformed state parties in Queensland and New South Wales. In the Australian federal election, 2010, the DLP won the sixth senate seat in Victoria, giving it representation in the Australian Senate.[6]


    Christian democratic Christian democracy in the United States

    In the United States there have been various attempts to create Christian democratic parties, similar to their European and Latin American counterparts, but efforts have generally run against the formidable strength of the existing bipartisan Republican/Democratic party system. The Christian Democratic Union of the United States of America,[7] founded in 2007, claims to be growing in membership and support, attracting persons disaffected with the two established parties. The CDU defines itself as conservative on moral and cultural issues, while progressive on economic and social ones.

    The Christian Democratic Union is pro-life on abortion and supportive of a universal health care system for the United States through publicly funded health care and single-payer health care, as proposed, for example, by the Physicians for a National Health Program. The CDU is also supportive of national energy self-sufficiency and of more equitable and progressive tax rates so as to achieve the goal of a balanced budget without decreasing social expenditures or raising taxes on the middle class[citation needed].

    As of 2013, the Christian Democratic Union is in process to changing their name to the Solidarity Party of the United States[citation needed]. Coming from the basis of the Solidarity Movement of Lech Walesa. Symbols are Orange and the political mascot is the American Bison.


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    Christian democratic Literature


    • Gehler, Michael; Kaiser, Wolfram (2004), Political Catholicism in Europe 1918—1945, Routledge, ISBN 0-7146-5650-X 
    • Gehler, Michael; Kaiser, Wolfram (2004), Christian Democracy in Europe since 1945, Routledge, ISBN 0-7146-5662-3 
    • Kaiser, Wolfram (2007), Christian Democracy and the Origins of European Union, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521883108 
    • Mainwaring, Scott; Scully, Timothy R. (2003), Christian Democracy in Latin America: Electoral Competition and Regime Conflicts, Stanford University Press, ISBN 0-8047-4597-8 
    • Van Hecke, Steven; Gerard, Emmanuel (2004), Christian Democratic Parties in Europe since the End of the Cold War, Leuven University Press, ISBN 978-90-5867-377-0 
    • Kalyvas, Stathis N. and Kees van Kersbergen (2010). "Christian Democracy". Annual Review of Political Science 2010. 13:183–209.

    Christian democratic References


    1. ^ A. Heywood, Political ideologies. An introduction, New York, Macmillan, 2003, 89.
    2. ^ Szulc, Tad. "Communists, Socialists and Christian Democrats". Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 360: 102. 
    3. ^ Roberts and Hogwood, European Politics Today, Manchester University Press, 1997
    4. ^ Moos, M. (1945) 'Don Luigi Sturzo – Christian Democrat', American Political Science Review, 39(2), pp. 269–292, p. 269
    5. ^ Sturzo, L. (1947) ‘The Philosophic Background of Christian Democracy’, The Review of Politics, 9(1), pp. 3–15, p. 5
    6. ^ 'It’s official – DLP wins Vic Senate seat', Australian Conservative, http://australianconservative.com/2010/09/its-official-%E2%80%93-dlp-wins-vic-senate-seat/
    7. ^ website

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