Fé e futebol

Apr 17, 2019 | Papers, Publications

Fé e futebol. Muscular Catholicism between Italy and Portugal in the European context (1922-1958)

  • Daniele Serapiglia
  • 2019
  • Lusotopie
  • Volume 18, Issue 1
  • 66–94
  • Language: English
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/17683084-12341732
  • ISSN: 1257-0273 / 1768-3084 (online)

This article argues that Portugal was not immune to the experience of Muscular Catholicism, through which the Church tried to strengthen its own imagined community after 1945. This was an imagined community that the Church hoped that it would involve the whole continent starting from Italy, where the “Catholic sport” was trying to take the place of the “fascist” sport. Indeed, the Church overcame its distrust of football in this period, making it one of the symbols of its “banal internationalism”, and one of the means by which Pius XII tried to make the idea of a totalitarian Church a reality, as suggested by Pius XI.

Key-words:
fascism; totalitarianism; muscular catholicism; banal internationalism; Pius XII; fascismo; totalitarismo; catolicismo muscular; internacionalismo banal; Pio XII; fascisme; totalitarisme; catholicisme musculaire; internationalisme banal; Pie XII

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