introduced would allow it to participate fully in national life. But Pétain, he declared, wished to move forward gradually and had not annulled 'les grandes lois de 1901 et de 1905'. He believed the reforms he had now been instrumental in bringing about were irreversible 13
Incidentally, the State subsidised considerably the building of new churches in the Paris area, and the repair of others, continuing the work begun in 1931 by Cardinal Verdier, 'le cardinal aux 100 églises'. From 1941 to 1943 56 million francs of public money were used by Mgr Touze, the diocesan Vicar-General, in collaboration with the Finance ministry and the Prefect of the Seine, to complete building or initiate repairs on seventeen churches, including the Sacré Cur. Pétain took a personal interest in this project. 14 Léon Noël, Laval's 'directeur de cabinet', a 'closet Gaullist', warned Cardinal Suhard that this would stop if the regime collapsed. In point of fact it continued, although at a much slower pace.
Nevertheless no definitive statute for Church-State relations in France was ever realised, not even in Catholic education.
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