Les Jésuites français dans la Grande Guerre
Collection Histoire religieuse de la France - N° 31
608 pages - févr. 2008
In August 1914, the Jesuits of France responded resolutely to the call of their country under threat, in spite of their resentment toward the secular French Republic. What were their relations with their compatriots? How did they reconcile their attachment to their fatherland, their belonging to the Company of Jesus and their fidelity to the Pope? What were human and material consequences of the war for the Company of Jesus? This book reveals just how profound the Jesuits’ engagement was, and analyses their motivations. Through excerpts from the personal correspondence of French Jesuits, their publications, internal and official archives, it informs us of their living conditions and their activities at the front and behind the lines, their relations with other conscripts of all origins and convictions, their apostolate and their religious life. The Jesuits reacted to the military events, to the political changes and diplomatic decisions; their analyses show their will to respect the ‘Union sacrée’ in France, their conviction of France’s right to fight against Protestant Germany, their desire for a complete victory and their hope that the Holy See would be recognised in international affairs. Because of the forced exile of its members after 1901, the congregation in France of the Company of Jesus constituted a sort of family; the war strengthened the bonds between the Jesuits and their love for their order. The conflict had important repercussions on the establishments and missions of the French congregation and on its members. Post-war reality, on the national and international scene, did not fulfil the Jesuits’ hopes entirely.
- Dimensions : 145x235x30
- ISBN : 9782204084611
- Poids : 860 grammes
Avec la collaboration de : Jean-Marie Mayeur