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Cardinal Mercier in the First World War

Belgium, Germany and the Catholic Church



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Cardinal Desire-Joseph Mercier, Archbishop of Malines, was the incarnation of the Belgian resistance against the German occupation during the First World War. With his famous pastoral letter of Christmas 1914 'Patriotisme et Endurance' he reached a wide audience, and gained international influence and respect. Mercier's distinct patriotic stance clearly determined his views of national politics, especially of the 'Flemish question', and his conflict with the German occupier made him a hero of the Allies. The Germans did not always know how to handle this influential man of the Church. Pope Benedict XV did not always approve of the course of action adopted by the Belgian prelate. Whereas Mercier justified the war effort as a just cause in view of the restoration of Belgium's independence, the Pope feared that "this useless massacre" meant nothing but the "suicide of civilized Europe". Through a critical analysis of the policies of Cardinal Mercier and Pope Benedict XV, this book sheds revealing light on the contrasting positions of Church leaders in the face of the Great War. This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).

Product code: 9789462701649

ISBN 9789462701649
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H230xW170xS15
Series KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society
No. Of Pages 264
Publisher Leuven University Press
Church leaders and their contrasting opinions in the face of the Great War