Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Catholiques et Communistes: La Crise Du Progressisme Chretien, 1950-1955

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Catholiques et Communistes: La Crise Du Progressisme Chretien, 1950-1955

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Catholiques et Communistes: La crise du progressisme chretien, 1950-1955. By Yvon Tranvouez. [L'histoire a vif.] (Paris: Editions du Cerf. 2000. Pp. 363. FFr 165 paperback.)

Nine of the twelve chapters of this superbly researched work first appeared as separate articles in varied, specialized publications. For this study, Tranvouez has revised, expanded and supplemented these articles and produced a well integrated, highly nuanced monograph.

The central focus of this book is the semi-monthly review, La Quinzaine. Tranvouez painstakingly examines every aspect of La Quinzaine from its initial appearance in November, 1950, to its condemnation by the Holy Office in February, 1955, and its final issue one month later. The special significance of La Quinzaine lies not in its limited readership, which Tranvouez carefully reconstructs from subscription data, but rather in its role as the voice of the Christian progressive movement in France.

The Christian progressives occupied a unique position on the French Catholic spectrum, to the left of Temoignage ChrEtien. The distinguishing feature of La Quinzaine was its double commitment to the Church and to the worker movement. …

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