The Revolution and Religious Faith
Even the sans-culottes were sometimes fervent believers! In the 18th century, strange phenomena started occurring in this church: women started convulsing during nocturnal meetings organized around the tomb of a deacon named Pâris. Known for having been a proponent of Jansenism, a movement advocating the moral reform of the Church, Pâris would appear in front of his faithful and perform miracles. The “Convulsionaries” disrupted public order: the cemetery was closed in 1732. However, during the Revolution, the authorities continued to be wary of the neighborhood’s inhabitants. The memory of the Convulsionaries was still fresh: around the church, many sans-culottes believed that the Revolution was simply the accomplishment of God’s wish. Opposed to the religious policy of the Revolution, these revolutionaries felt like Christians without a Church and prepared themselves for the last judgment.
Saint Médard Church, 141 rue Mouffetard