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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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Accueillir l'étranger: immigration, integration and the French Catholic Church

Accueillir l'étranger: immigration, integration and the French Catholic Church

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

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853239741.003.0009

This chapter examines the Catholic Church's response to the immigration question in twentieth-century France. It argues that the Church will use secularism's guarantees to its own advantage and even make an appeal for its respect in order to safeguard its own rights and status in matters of existence and expression, and as a means of dealing with other religions such as Islam. More specifically, it considers the Church's call for Islam to similarly adapt to secular circumstances, and hence to come into line with Catholicism in terms of status and operation within the state. Promoted as a means to integration, the Church's message to Islam carries a sub-text: that, like itself, Islam cannot and should not claim special status and treatment. The chapter also discusses the Church's overall rhetoric of integration and human rights, which represents a basic reference point for its treatment of all immigrants, including Muslims.

Keywords:   immigration, Catholic Church, France, secularism, Islam, Catholicism, integration, human rights, immigrants, Muslims

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