Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

La Collection "Sources Chretiennes": Editer Les Peres De l'Eglise Au XX Siecle

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

La Collection "Sources Chretiennes": Editer Les Peres De l'Eglise Au XX Siecle

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Fouilloux, ETienne. La collection "Sources chretiennes": Editer les Peres de l'Eglise au XX siecle. (Paris: Les Editions du Cerf. 1995. Pp. iv, 238. FF 120.) One of the greatest patristic collections of our time was launched at the most unpropitious of moments. In late November, 1942, the first volume of Sources chretiennes appeared, not only during World War II and the German occupation of France but just as the German forces were extending their grip to the previously unoccupied zone. The fiftieth anniversary of this scholarly enterprise and the publication of its four hundredth volume in 1994 occasioned a number of celebratory events. This history is part of that observance. It is an anniversary of significance not only for patristic studies but also for the history of the Church in France.

The author reaches back to the 1930's in search of roots. He traces its inspiration to Father Victor Fontoynont, S.J., and to the year 1932. The initial response of Jesuit superiors to the proposed series was not encouraging. But his younger confreres Danielou and de Lubac persisted and finally were able to begin the project, which, initially, was to be a series of translations of the Greek Fathers for the educated public. …

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