Archives par mot-clé : France

« Les transformations de l’exercice de l’autorité épiscopale dans l’Église catholique en France à la lumière de la condamnation de l’Action française »

Della Sudda Magali, « Les transformations de l’exercice de l’autorité épiscopale dans l’Église catholique en France à la lumière de la condamnation de l’Action française », Genèses, 2012/3 (n° 88), p. 68-88.

Conseil central de la Ligue patriotique des Françaises, 1927, Archives de l’Action catholique des femmes (H402)

Résumé: Cet article revient sur les transformations de l’exercice de l’autorité religieuse dans l’Église catholique de France lors de la condamnation de l’Action française en 1926. Le contexte dans lequel la condamnation prend place est celui d’une évolution centralisatrice du pouvoir dans l’Église au profit de la curie romaine. Le rôle inédit joué par le pape mais aussi l’explicitation des attentes du centre romain vis-à-vis des évêques de France chargés de faire appliquer les sanctions ont laissé des traces de la transformation de l’exercice de l’autorité religieuse épiscopale.

Summary: This article re-examines the changes in the exercise of religious authority in the Catholic Church in France in the light of the condemnation of l’Action Française in 1926. The condemnation took place in the context of a centralizing evolution in church authority in favor of the Roman Curie. The new role played by the pope as well as Rome’s explicit expectations of French bishops in charge of applying sanctions left traces of the transformation in the exercise of Episcopal religious authority.

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« Gender, Fascism and the Right-Wing in France between the Wars »

The Catholic Matrix

Della Sudda, Magali, « Gender, Fascism and the Right-Wing in France between the Wars: The Catholic Matrix » Julie V. Gottlieb (Ed.) “Gender and Fascism”, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religion, 2012, vol.13, issue 2, pp.179-195.

Marie-Thérèse Moreau (1883-1969)

Summary: This article seeks to take the discussion of French fascism in a different direction by offering an analysis from a gendered perspective. Based on original archive material and literature, it provides an interpretation in terms of continuity between prewar conservative movements, Catholic women’s leagues and far right organizations in terms of gender representations and the sexual division of political labour. The first part of the article focuses on the contrast between a vivid and flourishing scholarship on gender and fascism led by English-speaking scholars, and the relative paucity of research conducted from within the French academy on the same. The debate over the existence and the peculiarity of French fascism has represented an obstacle for the emergence of innovative research on subjects such as women, masculinity and more generally gender in France. Nevertheless, an empirical survey based on archival material of the Catholic Church and Catholic women’s leagues, as well as the more usual material from the National Archives, provides new evidences of continuity from an organisational and ideological perspective to the Catholic Action league, the Croix de Feu/Parti social français and the Jeunesses patriotes.

« Le Sfide del pontificato di Pio XI per l’azione cattolica femminile »

Della Sudda, Magali, « Le Sfide del pontificato di Pio XI per l’azione cattolica femminile », in Alberto Guasco, Raffaella Perin, Pius XI: Keywords, Lit Verlag, Münster, coll. « Christianity and History, series of the « John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies in Bologna », vol.7. 2010, pp.207-225.

Book abstract: The documents of Pius XI’s pontificate from the Vatican Secret Archives, recently accessible for the first time, establish new perspectives of research and analysis. International experts and junior specialists discuss here the Roman point of view concerning the most important issues in the international scene between the two world wars and offer new outlooks and interpretations marking a substantial step forward in research. Alberto Guasco, a researcher at the John XXIII Foundation for Religious Studies, focuses on the pontificate of Pius XI, especially the relations between the Holy See and the Fascist Regime. Raffaella Perin, a researcher at the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice, studies the relation between the anti-Protestant and anti-Semitic prejudice in the pontificates of Pius X, Benedict XV and Pius XI.