A special moral standard? Revolutionary war, torture and Catholicism in French Algeria (1954-1962)

Author/s Giovanni Cavagnini
Publishing Year 2021 Issue 2021/114 Language Italian
Pages 20 P. 104-123 File size 161 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2021-114007
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During the Algerian war (1954-62), the French Armed Forces resorted to torture, provoking a national debate on the topic. This article focuses on Catholic military chaplains, who on the one hand had to obey their ecclesiastical superiors and on the other acted as confessors and advisors to the military personnel conducting interrogations. The complexity of their position is revealed by the public and private writings these clergymen devoted to torture, showing an ambiguous and sometimes reticent attitude. Key words: Algerian war, Torture, Catholicism, Decolonization, Human rights

Keywords: Guerra d’Algeria, Tortura, Cattolicesimo, Decolonizzazione, Diritti umani

Giovanni Cavagnini, Una morale d’eccezione? Tortura e cattolicesimo nella guerra d’Algeria (1954-1962) in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 114/2021, pp 104-123, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2021-114007