Abbé Héraudeau (???? – ????)

[Catholic priest, republican and socialist; he attempted to reconcile Catholicism and the values advocated by the republic.]

In 1848, he was one of those who believed in the possibility of uniting the modern socialist beliefs which the new Republic seemed destined to realize with Catholicism. With Chantôme, Loubert, Anatole Leray — ecclesiastics like him — he founded Le Drapeau du Peuple, to try to rally the socialists and the clergy of the province to the group’s ideas. 

Afterwards, he was nominated chaplain of the academy of La Rochelle (Charente-Inférieure). He was removed in January 1849. On January 23, he wrote, in Démocratie pacifique, an article [called] “Christianisme et socialisme”. He recalled there that “some of the services rendered to the working class of La Rochelle” earned him the presidency of the Comité démocrate-socialiste. And he added: “The socialism which is my crime is nothing other than the practical application of the three great principles of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity which the Republic proclaims.”    

On March 4, 1849, Démocratie pacifique reported that a democratic and social banquet had been organized in La Rochelle to express the people’s recognition of Abbé Héraudeau for his 12 year commitment in favor of the workers.  

Héraudeau was one of the correspondents of Victor Calland [Catholic Fourierist and journalist]. He remained in the Church.

[SOURCES : G. Lefrançais, Souvenirs d’un Révolutionnaire. — J.-B. Duroselle, Les débuts du catholicisme social en France (1822-1870).]

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