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Document Details :
Title: Faithfulness in Civil Marriage
Subtitle: Charlotte Baudouin and Charles Péguy
Author(s): DI NICOLA, Giulia P. , DANESE, Attilio
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 23 Issue: 1 Date: 2017
Coming from a modest family of Orléans, the well-known French writer Charles Péguy (1873-1914) lived a turbulent relationship with his wife Charlotte, stemming from an anti-clerical Jewish family with whom he had married civilly and who refused to have their children baptized in the Church. His contact and secret love with Blanche could have provided him a welcome escape from conjugal difficulty but instead he decided to remain faithful to his spouse, also against the strong advise and pressure of his Catholic friends such as Jacques Maritain. Finally, Péguy’s faithfulness and his dedication to the Blessed Virigin has caused his wife to convert to Catholicism and to baptize their children, although only after his death in the Battle of the Marne, at the age of 41.