Catholic Cultural Policy from 1944 to 1950: ‘Bande dessinée’ and Cinema

  • Michael Kelly
Part of the Warwick Studies in the European Humanities book series (WSEH)


In the period following the Liberation, the French Catholic Church was in an awkward position. It was severely embarrassed by the errors of commission and omission for which leading clerics had been responsible during the Occupation, and it was therefore obliged to tread very carefully in anything concerning politics. The position was hardly any better in cultural matters.Undermined by the loss of moral authority incurred under the Occupation, traditional catholicism was largely overtaken by the dynamic new intellectual and cultural movements which had sprung up on the Left, especially Marxism and existentialism. To retrieve this catastrophic position required all the adroitness of an organisation which was prepared to seek victories other than by a full frontal assault.


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