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IN MY OPINION, IT IS THE EXECUTIONERS AND NOT THE VICTIMS WHO SHOULD BE PUNISHED

Yvon Beaudoin describes an example of the effects of the liberal movement on an Oblate priest, André Valentin, in Aix : In the course of the struggle for freedom of education in 1828, the university students held a demonstration against … Continue reading

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IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO GROAN, ONE MUST MAKE RESOUND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD THE VOICE OF THE STRONGEST PROTESTS

In the face of the laws of 1828 which undermined the role of the Church in Christian education, barred religious from teaching, impeded minor seminaries, and expelled the Jesuits, Eugene was moved to action. The decree which, by expelling the … Continue reading

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EUGENE’S “ZEAL FAR OUTSTRIPS HIS GOOD JUDGMENT”

Eugene was away from Marseilles, but was involved in giving all possible support and advice to his uncle the Bishop in his war against the laws preventing the Church’s influence on religious education. But I would wish to be at … Continue reading

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I FEEL LIKE A LION WHO BITES IMPOTENTLY ON HIS CHAIN

With the restoration of the Bourbon kings in France, the Church was once again given the chance to function freely. Many in France, however, became uncomfortable with the close bond between the monarchy and religion and feared a return to … Continue reading

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EUGENE DE MAZENOD AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: EUPHORIA TURNS INTO CONCERN UNDER THE BOURBON KINGS (1814 – 1830)

Yvon Beaudoin gives us the context: On the very day of Napoleon’s abdication on April 6, 1814, the Senate called to the throne the Count of Provence who already had taken the title Louis XVIII. Initially, he reigned one year … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: THE RETURN OF OUR LEGITIMATE PRINCES

Napoleon was definitely defeated in June 1815. Leflon writes: Napoleon’s downfall made it possible for the Church not only to re-establish her spiritual rights in papal, episcopal and capitular jurisdiction but also to open the way completely for her apostolic … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: THE HUNDRED DAYS

The euphoria of the fall of Napoleon and the consequent freedom of the Church came to an abrupt end in March 1815 when Napoleon escaped from Elba and  began to rule again in Paris. Eugene responded to this situation with … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: I SHOWED MYSELF THE MOST FEARLESS ROYALIST OF THE CITY

The restoration of the monarchy and the resulting freedom given to the Church marked the period known as the Restoration. The two Bourbon kings who ruled were Louis XVIII (1814-1824) and Charles X (1824 – 1830). Yvon Beaudoin writes: Father … Continue reading

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THE SPIRIT OF EUGENE EXPRESSED WITHIN THE HISTORY OF FRANCE IS THE SAME SPIRIT THAT CONTINUES TO INSPIRE US TODAY IN OUR MULTIPLE HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1) in a specific historical context in a time and place. In order to understand the message of Jesus we need to understand the context in which it happened – and … Continue reading

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SUMMER BREAK

Due to the hectic activities around the end of the academic year at Oblate School of Theology, and my summer break, this service will be paused until June 12. A reminder that all 1640 previous entries can be consulted on … Continue reading

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