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In God’s EmpireFrench Missionaries and the Modern World$
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Owen White and J.P. Daughton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396447

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396447.001.0001

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A Mission in Transition: Race, Politics, and the Decolonization of the Catholic Church in Senegal

A Mission in Transition: Race, Politics, and the Decolonization of the Catholic Church in Senegal

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(p.257) 12 A Mission in Transition: Race, Politics, and the Decolonization of the Catholic Church in Senegal
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In God’s Empire
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Elizabeth A. Foster

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396447.003.0012

This essay uses the experiences of Joseph Faye, the first prefect of the apostolic prefecture of the Casamance and the first African elevated to a position of authority in the Catholic Church in Senegal, as a window into how French missionaries confronted the “decolonization” of the church in the empire. It also reveals how institutions with their own particular histories and identities, such as missions, schools, or the military, confronted the end of empire in theory and in practice. The example of the Spiritans in Senegal demonstrates how such institutions had cultures and priorities that seemed more immediate and more important to their members than the broader goals of the Catholic Church hierarchy and the possibility that French rule in Africa might eventually come to an end.

Keywords:   Senegal, Casamance, Joseph Faye, decolonization, Spiritans, French rule

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