Carl Schmitt and Renouveau Catholique Literature Trace of an ‘Outsider’ Political Catholicism

Joanna Pedder


Reinhard Mehring posits in his comprehensive biography that Schmitt was no representative of Political Catholicism. However, a closer inspection of writings such as Roman Catholicism and Political Form reveal otherwise. An obscure footnote in this essay presents to us an interest Schmitt has in French Catholic Revival literature, which was characterised by Catholics on the outside fringes of the faith. This author believes Schmitt follows in their political footsteps, with a keen emphasis on dogma and authority: a political Catholicism overlooked by Mehring, which is removed from the more ostensibly mainstream political conservatism of

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