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The Bread of the StrongLacouturisme and the Folly of the Cross, 1910-1985$
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Jack Downey

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265435

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265435.001.0001

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Onésime Lacouture and the “Return to the Gospel”

Onésime Lacouture and the “Return to the Gospel”

(p.80) 3 Onésime Lacouture and the “Return to the Gospel”
The Bread of the Strong

Jack Lee Downey

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on Onésime Lacouture's controversial retreat movement that put him at the center of a vicious intra-clerical scuffle and culminated in the loss of his priestly faculties, after which he was shuffled around North American Jesuit provinces until his death in 1951. While Lacouture's formal retreat ministry came to an end, his evangelical influence continued; he persevered for the remainder of his life to gain satisfaction for his brand of maximalist moral theology and vindication for himself on allegations of heterodoxy. This chapter first looks at Lacouture's clerical life and retreats before discussing his preaching of the Sermon on the Mount and its doctrine. It then considers the basic principles of Lacouture's preaching and theology, doctrine of samples, and his belief in saints and demons as part of his cosmology. It also examines Lacouture's exile and his death on November 15, 1951.

Keywords:   retreat movement, Onésime Lacouture, Sermon on the Mount, preaching, theology, doctrine of samples, demons, cosmology, exile, death

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