France’s new president is a ‘zombie Catholic’ - Catholic News Service

France’s new president is a ‘zombie Catholic’

Newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron, according to one of his biographers, embodies a new phenomenon in France known as “zombie Catholicism."

Once among the most Catholic countries in the world, sometimes called the “eldest daughter of the Church," France has seen serious decline in churchgoing numbers in modern times. While more than 50 percent of people still identify as Catholic, only 5 percent regularly attend Mass.

Still, in France’s recent presidential election, a latent Catholic identity in many of France’s citizens proved to be a powerful political tool.

Sociologists Emmanuel Todd and Hervé Le Bras were the first to label the phenomenon in their book “Le mystère français" in which they explain that “Catholicism seems to have attained a kind of life after death. But since it is a question of a this-worldly life, we will define it as ‘zombie Catholicism.’"

“Zombie Catholics" of France share certain characteristics, the sociologists noted. They typically come from regions of the country where resistance to the French Revolution was the strongest.

“Highly educated and meritocratic, they also privilege a traditional ordering of professional and domestic duties between husbands and wives; strong attachment to social, community, and family activities; and a general wariness over the role of the state in private and community affairs, including ‘free schools’ (Catholic private schools)," they wrote.

According to Marc Endeweld, a biographer of Emmanuel Macron, the new president embodies this “zombie Catholic" phenomenon. Although born into a secular family, Macron asked to be baptized at age 12. While not a regular churchgoer, Macron symbolizes “those territories of Christian tradition that benefit from social structures and economic systems capable of counterbalancing globalization, in contrast to the more Jacobin territories that have lost the protection of the state."

In the “zombie Catholic" stronghold region of Brittany, Macron won 3 out of every 4 votes. Having never been elected to any other political office, he ran as the head of a new movement, En March!, instead of an established political party. His politics have been described as liberal and progressive, though he has said he hopes to transcend the divides of the left and right political parties. At 39, he is the youngest president to ever be elected in France.

He was not the only candidate who appealed to the latent Catholics of France during the election season. François Fillon, former prime minister of France and a practicing Catholic, shocked pundits and political commentators throughout the country when he pulled ahead in the Republican party and beat out the moderate former Prime Minister Alain Juppé (himself a self-described “agnostic Catholic") by a wide margin.

His Catholicism was such a strong part of his political identity that a headline in the newspaper Libération proclaimed: “Help, Jesus has returned!"

President-elect Macron has said that he supports the French principle of secularism (laïcité). He has also said that “we have a duty to let everybody practice their religion with dignity,” though he believes that “when one enters the public realm, the laws of the Republic must prevail over religious law.”

 













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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Zombie Catholic! Well, it sounds like good practice for Catholics in heaven; after all, they will be zombies.
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    The prayer says, “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” That means it is Yahweh-Jesus’ will that controls everything in heaven. We will have no free will. To some extent this is a good thing. Can you imagine being in heaven and being aware of all the billions of people being tortured for all of eternity and being unable to do anything about it? There aren’t enough drugs available to numb out that evil horror, so only being a mindless zombie would be acceptable.
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    It sounds dreadfully boring. No free will means no longer learning anything, no challenges, no wants, needs or desires to pursue. Apparently the only activity in heaven, is praising an all-powerful being who seems to require such praises, for some inexplicable reason.
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    There’s a story about a guy who dies and goes to heaven. The angel at the gates tells him heaven is structured so that he can have anything he wants. Being who he is, he engages in escapades with beautiful women, eats the best of foods, lives in high style, plays golf so well he almost always scores a hole in one and it’s all just magnificently wonderful – for a number of years…when it starts to lose some appeal, and become just a bit boring. He runs into the angel at the gate and asks, “Is this all there is?” The angel replies, telling him there is another option he wasn’t informed of, and that is to simply be eliminated. The guy asks the angel, “Does anyone ever choose that?” The angel replies, “Sooner or later, everyone does.”
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    Regarding destruction as an option after death, this always makes me question why Jesus is referred to as “the good news.” I don’t get it. In the old days, everyone went to Sheol (later translated to the pagan word “Hell” along with Gehenna, Hades and Tartarus), which was not a place of punishment. Everyone good and bad alike went there and remained in a state of permanent unconsciousness; i.e. dead. Some Jews believed you were dead forever, while others believed at the end of time all would be wakened, judged, and either rewarded with a renewed garden paradise, or simply destroyed. After the so-called “good news” of Jesus, we are now judged immediately upon our death and rewarded with the eternal boredom and zombie-hood of heaven, or tortured for all of eternity, rather than simply being destroyed. How exactly, has our condition improved?

  2. CJ Reply

    The only ‘zombie Catholics’ are those who do not practice what Our Lord and His Church teach.

    Macron is a globalist. No matter how the press puts ‘lipstick’ on him or tries to make him sound like a respectable Christian, he is literally a Rothschild banker and in league with the globalist agenda.

    He is a threat to France and a threat to the Church for his globalist beliefs.

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