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Western European Liberation Theology: The First Wave (1924-1959)

Gerd-Rainer Horn


This book studies the development of a distinct, progressive variant of Catholicism in 20th century Western Europe. This Left Catholicism served to lay the basis for the subsequent events and evolutions associated with Vatican II. Initially emerging within the boundaries of Catholic Action, fuelled by the growing power and self‐confidence of the Catholic laity, a series of challenges to received wisdom and an array of novel experiments were launched in various corners of Western Europe. The moment of liberation from Nazi occupation and world war in 1944/45 turned out to be the highpoint of the ... More

Keywords: progressive Catholicism, Catholic Action, laity, western Europe, theology, Catholic politics, apostolic social action, Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne, worker priests, nouvelle théologie

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204496
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gerd-Rainer Horn, author
Senior Lecturer, Department of History, University of Warwick
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