12.9.08

The Pope in Paris: France and religion

Catherine Delores has some interesting insights on the Popes visit to Paris.

...Certainly France under the monarchy was "the eldest daughter of the Church" but its relations with the Church had not waited for the Revolution to become tense. During the Middle Ages, King Philippe IV le Bel (the Handsome), grandson of Saint Louis, had his envoy assault Pope Boniface VIII, who died as a result. Philippe then forcibly relocated the Holy See from Rome to Avignon, in Provence, within convenient reach of French troops in case of a conflict between the monarchy and the Church. The ensuing Popes were French.

Fast forward a few centuries, and Louis XV expelled the Jesuits from France. The Revolution, a few decades later, saw a complete breakup between the Church and the State. Many priests and nuns perished for their faith. Napoleon entered into a Concordat with the Pope, before holding the Holy Father prisoner. Then the early 20th century saw radically anticlerical policies.

I found this interesting Wall Street Journal article on the topic of France's complex relationship with the Church. Everything in there is true, but I could not help noticing a glaring omission: in France religious schools, many of which are Catholic, are funded by the State...More

Merci Catherine, J'enlève mon béret à vous!

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

1 comment:

Catherine Delors said...

You are most welcome, Richard!