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Catholic France, Adieu; Welcome, Islam
The secular and libertarian magazine Causeur asks: "Is this the end of the bell towers of France?".
Until last week, the church bells of Boissettes, a town of five hundred inhabitants in the district of the Seine, were ringing every half hour. Then, the Administrative Court of Paris has stopped the bells, as an alleged violation of the 1905 law on the separation of church and state.
The story seems a perfect epitaph to an essay that appeared ten years ago by Danièle Hervieu-Léger, "Catholicisme, la fin d'un monde". The French sociologist used a term, "Exculturation", which doesn't depict a battle still open, but a game over. For French Catholicism.
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