The article mainly describes the political commitment of Luigi Gedda (1902-2000), the memorable president of AC (Catholic Action) and most of all the founder of the Civic Committees, an organization that during the years after the World War II was able (in someone’s opinion) to defeat the communist and socialist front in the election of 1948. Gedda, the father of the catholic collateralism and a protagonist of the Italian history during those years, was substantially anchored to the exclusive model of Church embodied by Pope Pius XII; for this reason, he was often in conflict with some Italian bishops, AC and the same DC (Christian Democracy) of De Gasperi. His «authoritarian style» produced a front of opponents and some heated disagreements with the catholic base but he was always supported by Pius XII and some bishops as card. Siri. With the election of pope John XXIII Gedda’s role was drastically reduced. Gedda’s bitter disappointment for the new ecclesial course, specially as regards the religious choice of AC, is clearly expressed fifty years later in his Memories.

(author: Maurizio Tagliaferri)

Summary ed.30 (II/2011)