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Briefs, 1937. Social Research 4(1):91-107

The Dispute Between Catholicism and Liberalism in the Early Decades of Capitalism
Goetz Briefs

Social Research: An International Quarterly

Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 4, No. 1 (Spring 1937): 91-107

EXCERPT: European Catholicism went through a far-reaching process of adaptation in its attempt to keep up with the new developments that shook the occidental world after the French Revolution. This process did not relate to fundamental doctrines of the Catholic church, either in their moral and ethical implications or in their bearing on social philosophy. The problem in fact was only this: to determine the position Catholicism was to take toward the newly rising social philosophies and toward the new distribution of power in modern societies. In regard to both issues Catholicism was on the defensive. One might even say it was overrun by the turn that was taken by ideas and realities after the French Revolution. -The church's possibilities of resistance would have been much greater if it had not enjoyed state protection. It could then have mobilized its own forces, without relying on the police and the courts; it would then have realized earlier that the hurricane was coming. But unde
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