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It became known as the Kulturkampf struggle for civilization after Rudolf Virchowan atheist and materialist scientist, thus described it Jan.
The term is misleading because the struggle developed from a complex of causes. The dispute began in Prussia and had its main center there. This predominantly Protestant territory had been the scene of a major Church-State conflict concerning mixed marriages during the s see cologne, mixed marriage dispute in.
King Frederick William IV —61 ended this disagreement, and for the duration of his long reign granted considerable freedom to Catholics, permitting the Church to prosper.
For nearly three decades after the settlement of the Cologne affair, Prussian Catholics enjoyed a liberty superior to that in most other sections of Germany, although intolerance continued to be the rule in many German principalities under Protestant rulers.
State control of religion was common, even in Catholic states such as Bavaria. From about the midth century, however, opposition to the Church in Prussia was on the increase from diverse quarters and for a variety of reasons. Part of it was confessional.
Protestant hostility tended to subside untilbut became much more pronounced after that because of growing Catholic activity and demands for further liberties.
The marked progress of ultramontanism, the increasing influence of the papacy in Germany and elsewhere, and finally the solemn definitions of papal primacy and infallibility at vatican council i disturbed many Protestants.
The growing practice of recruiting membership in various kinds of societies along sectarian lines further separated Protestants and Catholics. There were unfounded fears of an imminent Catholic offensive.
German liberalism became very hostile to Catholicism. After the revolution inliberalism in Germany developed along lines more philosophical than political and fell under the influence of hegelianism and its views on the unlimited power of the state.
The liberal outlook was materialistic and antiecclesiastical. To speed the process of laicizing society, secularizing education, and eliminating all religious influences from public and private life, the liberals advocated a return to Prussia's former practices of state control over religion.
Middle-class financial and industrial interests, strong supporters of liberalism, objected also to the progressive social views of Bp. Wilhelm von ketteler and the center party. The naturalistic liberal view of the world and of man was so diametrically opposed to the Catholic one that the struggle between them could be regarded, in part at least, as a Kulturkampf.
The syllabus of errors served to widen the gulf between liberals and Catholics. Nationalistic and political factors were also part of the background of the Kulturkampf.
In the drive to unify Germany, Catholics favored the inclusion of Austria, whereas Protestants sided with Bismarck in the successful move to eliminate this great Catholic power from united Germany and to make Protestant Prussia the leading state.The Kulturkampf is also a cautionary tale for Catholics today as post-Christian governments in the West begin more and more to look at Catholics as enemies of progress and opponents in a vast cultural struggle for the recreation of society.
Otto Eduard Leopold, Prince of Bismarck and Duke of Lauenburg (German: Otto Eduard Leopold Fürst von Bismarck und Herzog von Lauenburg; Born Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck-Schönhausen; 1 April – 30 July ), known as Otto von Bismarck (German: [ˈɔtoː fɔn ˈbɪsmark] (listen)), was a conservative Prussian statesman who .
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The Failure of Bismarck's Kulturkampf: Catholicism and State Power in Imperial Germany, [Ronald J. Ross] on barnweddingvt.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Few conflicts in Imperial Germany were more important than the Kulturkampf or struggle for civilization5/5(1). The term Kulturkampf entered many languages, e.g.: French: le Kulturkampf, Spanish: el Kulturkampf, Italian: il Kulturkampf.
It first appeared c. in an anonymous review of a publication by Swiss-German liberal Ludwig Snell on "The Importance of the Struggle of . German Catholics under the Iron Fist: Bismarck and the Kulturkampf In this article Matthew E. Bunson examines the persecution and oppression of the Catholic Church by the German government.