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France and the Cult of the Sacred HeartAn Epic Tale for Modern Times$
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Raymond Jonas

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520221369

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520221369.001.0001

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A Modern Magdalene Seeks Forgiveness

A Modern Magdalene Seeks Forgiveness

(p.198) A Modern Magdalene Seeks Forgiveness
France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart

Raymond Jonas

University of California Press

This chapter is about French Catholicism, which was an intensely visual faith during the nineteenth century. It takes a look at the construction of the Sacré-Coeur, including the problems that were revealed shortly after work started on the church. The main problem was that the site for the church had been heavily mined over the years, which could lead to the earth settling beneath its weight. The problem was solved by having the church rest on stilts or stone pilings that had been sunk down to the gypsum bedrock, thus forming the foundations of the church. The chapter discusses the mobilization efforts for the Oeuvre. This is followed by a look at fund-raising efforts and the plan to turn the church into a pilgrim's church. The chapter reveals that the donations of pilgrims validated the populist claims of the sponsors of the basilica of Sacré-Coeur, and that a temporary chapel opened in 1876. The large central dome was not completed until 1900.

Keywords:   French Catholicism, construction, Sacré-Coeur, mobilization efforts, fund raising, pilgrim's church, donations

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