Alternative masculinity? Catholic missionaries in Scandinavia

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This chapter deals with Italian Barnabites and German Jesuits working as missionaries in the Nordic countries and the ideals of clerical masculinity that they represented. The Barnabites were important in the initial phase of the Catholic missionary activity in the 1860s and 1870s, whereas the Jesuits, ostensibly the most fervent defenders of ultramontane confessionalism, held a dominant position in the Swedish and Danish church in the ensuing period. The humble, pious, obedient, and self-sacrificing ideals of manliness expressed in the reports of these celibate missionaries stood in sharp contrast not only to modern Protestant ideas of manhood, but also to the prevailing middle-class understanding of masculinity. Similar perspectives are also found in Catholic magazines, in which male saints are described as being just as pious and eager to live up to the religious virtues as female saints. But in a Catholic understanding, the question was not about male and female ideals, but about Christian ideals and their absence.
Originalspråkengelska
Titel på värdpublikationChristian masculinity
Undertitel på värdpublikationMen and Religion in Northern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries
RedaktörerYvonne Maria Werner
FörlagLeuven University Press
Sidor165-187
ISBN (elektroniskt)978-94-6166-428-0
ISBN (tryckt)9789058678737
DOI
StatusPublished - 2011

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NamnKADOC Studies on Religion, Culture and Society
Volym8

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