- Éditions du Cerf
The name is a reference to Psalm 42 (41):
As the hart panteth after the fountains of water; so my soul panteth after thee, O God.(Douay-Rheims-Challoner translation).
Editions du Cerf was founded in 1929 at the request of
Pope Pius XI, by Father Marie-Vincent Bernadot.
Father Bernadot had already founded a journal, "La Vie spirituelle" ("The Spiritual Life"), with a goal to return Christian spirituality to its true sources of
Holy Scripture, the Church Fathersand the great mystics. Following this, in 1928, he and other intellectuals such as Jacques Maritainfounded "La Vie Intellectuelle" ("The Intellectual Life"), seeking to create an alternative belief system in response to those of Charles Maurrasand his movement " Action Française" (condemned by the Holy Seein 1926) and also to Marxist ideologies.
They gave him the objective to "judge events in the unchanging and living light of a Christianity disengaged from conformity to the fashions of the times, where it can find itself smothered to the point of paralysis; and to cause the truth to shine, to make the message of Christ heard when it becomes obscured by the power of routine, timidity, or compromise." With this mandate, the publishing house was founded, on October 11, 1929, at
Juvisy-sur-Orge. In 1937, the offices were moved to Paris, at 29 Boulevard La Tour-Maubourg, in the same buildings that contain the conventof Saint Dominic.
*"This article was translated from the French language Wikipedia".
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* [http://www.editionsducerf.fr/ Official site] (French)
* [http://www.canalacademie.com/Les-editions-du-Cerf-entretien.html Interview with Jean-Nicolas Sed, CEO of Éditions du Cerf, Dec. 21, 2006] (French)
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