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Mentor to Pope Paul VI
Msgr. Giovanni Battista Montini was undersecretary of state to Pope Pius XII when Maritain was French ambassador to the Vatican. As a young priest Montini had translated one of Maritains's books into Italian. During their Vatican years they became close friends. When Montini was archbishop of Milan, Maritain suggested that he consult Saul Alinsky about organizational techniques in order to resist the domination of the labor unions by the Italian Communist party. Montini often referred to Maritain as his "teacher" and later as Pope Paul VI he used Maritain's social and political thought as the foundation for his social encyclicals in which he quoted his old "master" directly. At the end of the end of the Second Vatican Council, Paul VI invited Maritain to take part in the closing ceremonies on the great dais before St. Peter's Basilica. By this time Maritain had entered the religious order of the Little Brothers of Jesus. The presence of this frail old man, clad in the simple grey suit of the Little Brothers, in the midst of all the ecclesiastical dignitaries, clad in their splendid vestments, seemed a bit anomalous. He had been invited by Paul VI to receive the council's message to the intellectuals of the world, which stressed the intrinsic compatibility and mutual understanding possible between secular knowledge and faith as servants of one another. It was read by Cardinal Liénart of Lille, after which Pope Paul VI, with deep emotion, placed the text in the hands of his friend Jacques Maritain.
I removed the following from the lede, and I bring it here for discussion:
- He is mentioned as one of the main collaborators of Albert Camus in the book "Albert Camus, An Analysis of his thought" by Marcel J. Melançon (see the chapters "Le Christ" & "Le christianisme et les chrétiens").
I have doubts about the relevance and notability of this information altogether, but I certainly feel that it is not appropriate for the lede. Can anyone confirm the notability of this writer? Is this book considered a notable work about either Maritain or Camus? Is there any place in the article where this information would be appropriate? Any thoughts on this matter whatever? ---RepublicanJacobiteThe'FortyFive' 15:27, 3 November 2008 (UTC)
Charles DeKoninck's criticism
I've been reading DeKoninck and in several places he is quite critical of Jacques Maritain: http://ldataworks.com/aqr/V4_DST_text.html http://www.scribd.com/doc/46162378/Letter-by-Charles-DeKoninck-to-Mortimer-Adler-1938
1. Added some info in the ethics section on moral philosophy adequately considered. 2. Rewrote the criticism section. The quote from Gilson second handedly attributing an opinion to Fr. Balzic that Maritain would be condemned as a heretic seems irrelevant. It is an opinion of contemporary and not from the source. In its place I've added a list of some of the main criticisms that come up in the literature with references. jlawest — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jlawest (talk • contribs) 18:29, 19 February 2014 (UTC)
Article could do with some discussion of his links with Action Française. My understanding is that he never formally identified himself as an adherent or supporter of the movement, but I understand he had some degree of affiliation with it (he had many close friends who belonged to it, and its newspaper approvingly reviewed his books); this was all prior to its papal condemnation in 1926, which Maritain accepted and supported. The French Wikipedia article has an extended section discussing this; it would be good if someone could translate it. SJK (talk) 00:12, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
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