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Lamennais, Hugues Félicité (François) Robert de

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Hugues Félicité Robert Lamennais

Hugues Félicité Robert Lamennais (de Lamennais, or de La Mennais; June 19, 1782, Saint Malo/Bretagne – February 27, 1854, Paris) was a Catholic priest and theological as well as political writer. Lamennais, whose Father was a shipowner ennobled by Louis XVI, was ordained priest in 1816. In the spirit of the traditionalism of Joseph de Maistre (Du pape, Paris 1819), as a teacher and writer he initially attacked Gallicanism, a complex of French ecclesiastical and political doctrines and practices advocating restriction of papal power (Essai sur l’indifférence en matière de religion, 4 vol. Paris 1817–1823; Défense de l’essai, Paris 1821; De la religion considérée dans ses rapports avec l’ordre politique et civil, Paris 1825). In 1830, he founded the journal L’Avenir, whose campaign for freedom of belief and conscience soon made it the voice of liberal Catholicism in France (cf. Editors).1


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  1. 1.Faculty of History and Social SciencesCatholic University Eichstätt/IngolstadtBonnGermany

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  • Gianfrancesco Zanetti
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  1. 1.Department of LawUniversità degli Studi di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly