Kuifje als katholieke held. Het andere gezicht van het katholiek sociaal denken

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This article asks whether the comic Tintin can be considered as representing Catholic values. It demonstrates that the comic originates in conservative and reactionary milieus in Belgian Catholicism. Hergé (ps. for Georges Rémi) designed Tintin for the children’s weekly of a newspaper that, in this period, shared its main themes with the Catholic fascist movement Rex: anti-communism, anti-capitalism, anti-semitism and the fear of ‘secret societies’. The monarchy, however, is sustained, as was common within a more conservative milieu. Both milieus advocated a more important role for the Roman-Catholic Church in the public domain. During World War II, the adventures become more fictional. Since then, early editions have been reworked from that perspective. In this way, Tintin has lost much of its politically and economically engaged Catholicism in the eyes of contemporary readers.
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationVrienden van de mammon. De levensbeschouwelijke dimensie in de economie
EditorsP.J.J. van Geest, .J.H. M Poorthuis, T.R.A.M. Wagenaar, A. Warringa
Place of PublicationAlmere
PublisherParthenon
Pages185-209
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789079578511
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Tintin as a Catholic Comic: How Catholic Values went Underground

de Groot, K., 1 Mar 2017, In : Implicit Religion. 19, 3, p. 371-400 30 p.

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    de Groot, C. N. (2013). Kuifje als katholieke held. Het andere gezicht van het katholiek sociaal denken. In P. J. J. van Geest, . J. H. M Poorthuis, T. R. A. M. Wagenaar, & A. Warringa (Eds.), Vrienden van de mammon. De levensbeschouwelijke dimensie in de economie (pp. 185-209). Parthenon.