The destruction of Christianity [during the French Revolution] was blatantly present from the very beginning, as is incontrovertibly proven by the simple fact that on October 29, 1789, no more than three and a half months after the fall of the Bastille, the taking of all religious vows was forbidden in France…Further proof existed in the fact that just four days after this October 29 decree, on November 2, the totality of Church property throughout all of France was confiscated and declared property of the state, completely stripping religious communities of their means of income.

Thus, from its very beginning, the total eradication of religious orders in France was a clearly stated purpose of the Revolution, as was also the humiliation of the once proud Church of France, brought to her knees before her sanguinary enemies by the decree of November 2, 1789.

William Bush, To Quell the Terror: The True Story of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiegne (1999)


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