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Carol E. Harrison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452451

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452451.001.0001

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Frédéric and Amélie Ozanam

Frédéric and Amélie Ozanam

Charity, Marriage, and the Catholic Social

(p.187) Chapter 5 Frédéric and Amélie Ozanam
Romantic Catholics

Carol E. Harrison

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores the relationship between the believing Catholic and the wider community by focusing on Frédéric and Amélie Ozanam. Frédéric Ozanam, the founder of the lay Catholic charitable Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, was a prominent Catholic republican in 1848 when he articulated a Christian response to the social question. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul grew out of his desire to remain connected to the world of bachelor male friends, but as this chapter shows, marriage to Amélie Soulacroix transformed Ozanam's sense of his obligations and led him to reconsider his rapport with the society in which he lived. The chapter also discusses Ozanam's views on charity and social justice in relation to the Catholic Church, his concept of a Catholic social, and his role in fin de siècle social Catholicism.

Keywords:   marriage, Frédéric Ozanam, Amélie Ozanam, Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, social question, social justice, Catholic Church, social Catholicism

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