Catholic Modernities in Fascist Italy: the Intellectuals of Azione Cattolica Jorge Dagnino
This contribution focuses on the intellectual branches of Catholic Action: the Federation of Catholic University Students, FUCI [Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana] and the Movement of Catholic Graduates, or Movimento Laureati. An astonishing number of Christian Democrat leaders ruling the destiny of the country after the Second World War came from these organisations. Almost all of the research devoted to these movements has centred primarily on the formation of the postwar ruling class.1 As a result, other important developments have been neglected. One of them has been the elaboration of a distinctive form of modernity during the interwar period, the theme of this paper.