Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Zeitzeichen: 150 Jahre Deutsche Katholikentage, 1848-1998

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Zeitzeichen: 150 Jahre Deutsche Katholikentage, 1848-1998

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Zeitzeichen: 150 Jahre Deutsche Katholikentage, 1848-1998. Edited by Ulrich von Hehl and Friedrich Kronenberg. Mit einem Bildteil: "150 Jahre Katholikentage im Bild." (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh. 1999. Pp. 252.39.80 DM.)

The German Catholic Conference passed a milestone in 1998, commemorated in this fine collection of speeches, essays, photographs, and documents by a group of Germany's leading Catholic scholars. With nineteen separate contributions, including Bundesprdsident Roman Herzog's speech at the sesquicentennial celebration in Frankfurt am Main, this volume provides a clear overview of the established historical consensus.

Between the opening laudatory speeches and the closing photographic collection and documents is a series of critical essays reflecting on the social history of modern German Catholicism. Contributions from Hans Maier, Karl-Joseph Hummel, Heinz Hirten, and Ulrich von Hehl among others reach beyond a narrow study of the Catholic Conference to discuss the importance of the 1848 Revolution in German Catholic history, the ongoing struggle with the Zeitgeist and national identity, and historical periodization. Essays by Karl Gabriel and Monika Pankoke-Schenk examine the contemporary Catholic response to social welfare, women's rights, and human rights. …

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