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Onheilig moeten. Drie studies over aspecten van het katholicisme


P. de Rooy

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Unholy Obligations
In this contribution, three recent studies about Dutch Catholicism in the first half of the twentieth century are reviewed. The success of the ‘verzuiling’ [pillarization] of the Catholic population was striking: the cohesion of the Catholic pillar was great, compared with the other pillars; in the Netherlands, the Catholic pillarization was also greater than in other countries. This success can be explained to a large extent by the intensive use of sacralism. The literature under review makes that perfectly clear, although it does have a strong tendency to blur this image by giving too much attention to so-called ‘other Catholics’ who managed to extricate themselves one way or another from the clergy’s authority.


This article is part of the forum 'Recent studies about Dutch Catholicism'.

Keywords: Roman Catholicism
How to Cite: Rooy, P. de ., 2009. Onheilig moeten. Drie studies over aspecten van het katholicisme. BMGN - Low Countries Historical Review, 124(1), pp.65–74. DOI:
Published on 01 Jan 2009.


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