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Dreyfus Affair

An excellent review by Stephen Schloesser, S.J., of an equally good new book on the Dreyfus Affair, by Ruth Harris. I've read the book, too, and Harris is especially good at showing how the repellent conduct of many Catholics during the controversy over whether Dreyfus had betrayed the French military (he had not) pushed some French liberals into decidedly illiberal views on religion's role in public life.

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I had read an earlier review and quickly became convinced that I needed to read Harris's book. So far I haven't. Your post serves as a welcome reminder. Thanks!

Commonweal will have a review soon too -- consider this one an appetizer. ;-)

It was in La Croix, an anti-Semitic Catholic newspaper that outdid itself during the Dreyfus affair, that Therese of Lisieux learned of the last minute repentance of Pranzini, her "first child". http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=la+croix+anti+semitic&aq=f&aq...(Story of a Soul, Chapter V.)

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John T. McGreevy is the I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.