Cardinal Mercier in the First World War

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Church leaders and their contrasting opinions in the face of the Great War Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, Archbishop of Malines, was the incarnation of the Belgian resistance against the German occupation during the First World War. With his famous pastoral letter of Christmas 1914 'Patriotisme et Endurance' he reached a wide audience, and gained international influence and respect. Mercier's distinct patriotic stance clearly determined his views of national politics, especially of the 'Flemish question', and his conflict with the German occupier made him a hero of the Allies. The Germans did not always know how to handle this influential man of the Church. Pope Benedict XV did not always approve of the course of action adopted by the Belgian prelate. Whereas Mercier justified the war effort as a just cause in view of the restoration of Belgium's independence, the Pope feared that "this useless massacre" meant nothing but the "suicide of civilized Europe". Through a critical analysis of the policies of Cardinal Mercier and Pope Benedict XV, this book sheds revealing light on the contrasting positions of Church leaders in the face of the Great War.

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Auteur
Jan de Volder
Uitgever
Leuven University Press
Taal
Engels
ISBN
9789461662729
Productsoort
eBook
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eBook
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KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society
Categorie
BoekenEngelse boekenFilosofie & ReligieReligieKerkgeschiedenis
Leeftijd
Volwassenen
Verschijningsdatum
11/1/2018
Aantal pagina's
264
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