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General literature studies

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A piece in The Irish Times marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gilbert Cesbron's Les Saints vont en enfer. Nov. 27, 2012.

Material reproduced by kind permission of The Irish Times

Abstract

I wonder how many people are aware of the worker-priest movement in France? It began when Cardinal Suhard, Archbishop of Paris, commissioned two priests, Henri Godin and Yvan Daniel, Chaplains with the Jeunesse Ouvrière Catholique (Catholic Youth Movement), to write a report on the fall-off in religious practice among the French working classes. In 1943, their findings were published in a highly influential book, France, Pays de Mission?, which suggested that France had become a pagan country and that the Catholic Church had almost completely lost touch with the proletariat, who associated it, perhaps justifiably, with the business and ruling elites.

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