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Catholicism, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century France$
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Kay Chadwick

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239741

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312779

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Les femmes catholiques: Entre Église et société

Les femmes catholiques: Entre Église et société

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Catholicism, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century France

Evelyne Diébolt

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the Catholic Church's stance on women and sexual issues in twentieth-century France, with emphasis on how Church dictates led many younger Catholic women to leave the Church from the 1960s, along with its consequences for the institution. It considers the role of Catholic women as parishioners and nuns, forming the greater part of the conservative mass within the Church, and how that role expanded over the century as women became increasingly involved in Church activities as lay workers, catechism teachers, members of Catholic associations, and charity and youth workers. The chapter also discusses the question of function and responsibility for some women in their relationship with the male hierarchy. It shows that after Vatican II, many women actively committed to the Church aspired to greater levels of institutional responsibility and involvement, only to suffer disappointment.

Keywords:   women, Catholic Church, France, parishioners, nuns, lay workers, catechism, Catholic associations

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