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Protestant competition is good for saints


  • Robert J. Barro

    (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Rachel M. McCleary


Barro and McCleary interpret the lowering of saint-making criteria combined with a geographic broadening of candidates as an intentional effort on the part of the Catholic Church hierarchy to universalize its relevance. More specifically, the Catholic Church—the world’s longest-lasting corporate enterprise—is trying hard to maintain its powerful worldwide position by competing more effectively against Evangelical Protestantism.

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  • Robert J. Barro & Rachel M. McCleary, 2017. "Protestant competition is good for saints," AEI Economics Working Papers 923614, American Enterprise Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:aei:rpaper:923614

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    competition; catholicism; faith; protestant;

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    • A - General Economics and Teaching


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