Kardinaal Verzet: Mercier, de Kerk en de oorlog van 14-18

Lannoo Meulenhoff - Belgium

Over de rol van verzetsheld Mercier en de kerk in WOI 'Deze macht is geen wettig gezag. Bijgevolg zijt gij haar, in het innige van uw gemoed, noch achting, noch verkleefdheid, noch gehoorzaamheid verschuldigd.' Uit: Patriotisme et Endurance, de kerstbrief uit 1914 van kardinaal Mercier Kardinaal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, aartsbisschop van Mechelen, groeide tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog in binnen- en buitenland uit tot het symbool van het verzet van de Belgen tegen de Duitse bezetting. Zijn herderlijke brief Patriotisme et Endurance van Kerstmis 1914, die in de Nederlandstalige versie is opgenomen in dit boek, kreeg ook internationaal een geweldige weerklank. Zijn conflict met de Duitse bezetter maakte hem tot een held van de geallieerden. Zijn patriottische standpunt beïnvloedde ook zijn kijk op de 'Vlaamse kwestie'. De Duitsers wisten niet goed hoe ze die lastige kardinaal moesten aanpakken. Maar ook de toenmalige paus, Benedictus XV, was niet altijd gediend met de uitgesproken standpunten van de Belgische kerkvorst. Terwijl Mercier de oorlogsinspanningen steunde als een rechtvaardige zaak met het oog op het herstel van de Belgische onafhankelijkheid, vreesde paus Benedictus XV dat deze 'nutteloze slachting' de 'zelfmoord van Europa' betekende. Aan de hand van een kritische analyse van de houding van kardinaal Mercier en die van paus Benedictus XV gaat dit boek na hoe de katholieke kerkleiders zich positioneerden ten opzichte van de oorlog.
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Jan de Volder
Father Damien, famous for his missionary work with exiled lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, is finally Saint Damien. His sanctity took 120 years to become officially recognized, but between his death in 1889 and his canonization in 2009--amid creeping secularization and suspicion of the missionary spirit he so much embodied--Fr. Damien De Veuster never faded from the world's memory. What kept him there? What keeps him there now?

To find an answer, Belgian historian and journalist Jan De Volder sifted through Father Damien's personal correspondence as well as the Vatican archives. With careful and even-handed expertise, De Volder follows Father Damien's transformation from the stout, somewhat haughty missionary of his youth, bounding from Europe to Hawaii and straight into seemingly tireless priestly work, to the humble and loving shepherd of souls who eventually succumbed to the same disease that ravaged his flock.

De Volder finds that--as spiritual father, caretaker, teacher, and advocate--Father Damien accomplished many heroic feats for these poor outcasts. Yet the greatest gift he gave them was their transformation from a disordered, lawless throng exiled in desperate anarchy into a living community built on Jesus Christ, a community in which they learned to care for one another.

Every generation seems to have its own image of this world-famous priest. Already during his life on Molokai and at his death in 1889, many considered him a holy man. Even today, in the highly secularized Western world, he is widely admired. In 2005 his native Belgium honored him with the title "the greatest Belgian" in polling conducted by their public broadcasting service. Statues honor his memory in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and at the entrance to the Hawaiian State Capitol in Honolulu. In 1995, in the presence of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope John Paul II beatified him in Brussels, Belgium; and in 2009 Pope Benedict XVI canonized him in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Today Father Damien is the unofficial patron of outcasts and those afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

Illustrated with many photos. De Volder contends that the common thread running through the saint's life, the spirit of Father Damien that so speaks to the world, is at once uniquely Christian, fully human, and as important today as ever before.

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