A History of the Council of Trent (Vol I): The Struggle for by Hubert Jedin

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This he used with alacrity, moving to secure full control over church property and personnel even before Prussian troops had finished mopping up revolutionary forces in southwestern Germany. In 1849–50, von Geissel brought all parish and deanery matters under his secretary and now vicar general, Baudri, instituted a diocesewide collection without notifying state officials, and ordained Baudri auxiliary bishop without state approval. It appears he overstepped his boundaries only in attempting to fill positions unilaterally in the cathedral chapter.

Ultramontanism is a blind spot of this kind in our understanding of the religious history of the Roman Catholic Church in the nineteenth and well into our own century. > Page 2 many Roman Catholics in the century and a half before Vatican II; sometimes distressing to contemplate its victory in the Church; puzzling to discover how much attention and concern the progress of ultramontanism within the Church drew, not only from Roman Catholics and politicians in mainly Roman Catholic countries like France, who must deal with the papacy, but also from non-Catholics and even from freethinkers in a country like Great Britain, where, saving Ireland, the Roman Catholic Church did not count for much.

His interpretation of the government was not entirely groundless: the intensity of anti-Catholic sympathies among state officials was pronounced. Regardless of that, von Geissel tried to pressure the state into intervening on behalf of the church hierarchy in both the Bonn faculty and the German–Catholic communities, essentially protecting orthodoxy through the coercive power of the state. The government preferred to grant state recognition to German–Catholicism and allow it to perform its ceremonies in Protestant churches.

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