From World War I until the late 1950s, Catholics in Germany reported more instances of stigmata and visions of the Virgin Mary than at any time in modern history. This lecture emphasizes the stigmata of the charismatic Therese Neumann of Bavaria and the Cold War apparitions of the Virgin Mary in the small town of Heroldsbach. Neumann’s story in particular reveals much about the fall of German democracy in the 1920s and the relation of Catholics to the Third Reich. These case studies will illuminate why the Catholic minority in Germany is significant to the country’s social and political history. They will also highlight how women could accumulate power within orthodox Catholic communities.
A public lecture by Michael O'Sullivan, winner of the 2018 WCGS Book Prize. The lecture is cosponsored by the Waterloo Centre for German Studies and the Lectures in Catholic Experience.
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