Western European Liberation Theology, 1924-1959

Hardcover | September 10, 2008

byGerd-Rainer Horn

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Western European Liberation Theology is the first comprehensive survey of the development of a distinct, progressive variant of Catholicism in twentieth-century Western Europe. This Left Catholicism served to lay the basis for the subsequent events and evolutions associated with Vatican II. Initially emerging within the boundaries of Catholic Action, fuelled by the growing power and self-confidence of the Catholic laity, a series of challenges to received wisdom and an array of novel experiments were launched in various corners of Western Europe. The moment of liberation from Nazioccupation and world war in 1944/45 turned out to be the highpoint of these optimistic paradigm shifts. Concentrating on interrelated developments in theology, Catholic politics and apostolic social action, Gerd-Rainer Horn integrates evidence from Italian, French and Belgian national contexts. Drawing on his research in over twenty archives between Leuven and Rome, he highlights the role oforganisations, social movements, and intellectual trends. The pivotal contributions of key individuals are assessed, from theologians such as Jacques Maritain and Emmanuel Mounier, to the millenarian activist priests, Don Zeno Saltini and Don Primo Mazzolari. In conclusion Horn suggests thatfirst-wave Western European Left Catholicism served as an inspiration - and constituted a prototype - for subsequent Third World Liberation Theology.

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Western European Liberation Theology is the first comprehensive survey of the development of a distinct, progressive variant of Catholicism in twentieth-century Western Europe. This Left Catholicism served to lay the basis for the subsequent events and evolutions associated with Vatican II. Initially emerging within the boundaries of C...

Gerd-Rainer Horn is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Warwick.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.95 inPublished:September 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Catholic Action: A Twentieth Century Social Movement (1920s - 1930s)2. Theology and Philosophy in the Age of Fascism, Communism and World War3. The Politics of Left Catholicism in the 1940s4. The Mouvement Populaire des Familles5. A Working Class Apostolate Beyond Catholic Action: Team Building, Base Communities and Worker PriestsConclusionBibliographic Essay