The Unraveling

Raymond Jonas

in The Tragic Tale of Claire Ferchaud and the Great War

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780520242975
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520938281 | DOI:
The Unraveling

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This chapter discusses the unraveling of Claire's national mission. In 1917, the petition for the consecration intensified. From a personal redemption, the national debate shifted to national redemption. Claire and the Lay Catholics carried out a national petition-drive to persuade the government to lay the grounds for victory by consecrating France to the Sacred Heart. The campaign for a national consecration through petitions, emblems, photos, ceremonies, and newspapers reports continued to build. Claire continued her public campaign and maintained pressure on Poincaré. At the same time, her visionary world was becoming more elaborate. She claimed in her letter to have received word of a Masonic plot to destroy France. She claimed that the plot would soon be uncovered and that many high government officials would be put to death. Her message had always implied that only the stubbornness of the government officials stood between France and victory. In spite of the gravity of Claire's message, the government's position on the usage of the Sacred Heart as a military insignia and the national consecration remained emphatic. Neither the government nor the troops campaigned in favor of Claire Ferchaud or a consecration of the nation to the Sacred Heart.

Keywords: national mission; consecration; national redemption; Sacred Heart; Poincaré

Chapter.  4685 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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