This book explores the impact and influence of Catholicism on French politics and society during the twentieth century. In offering a reading of Catholic activity in twentieth-century France, it combines background information with critical analysis and debate. A major theme raised in a variety of ways is secularism and its relation to the evolution of the Catholic Church in France, with emphasis on the advantages it presented for the Church. Another domain that links the Catholic Church and secularism in twentieth-century France is education, with Catholic schools sustaining and promoting Catholic values. The book also examines issues of tension and sensitivity between Catholics and Jews in France during World War II, particularly with respect to anti-Semitism, along with the Catholics' relationship to nationalism and the political Right and other important social issues of the day such as immigration.
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