How Pope Pius IX Stimulated 'Pillarization' in the Netherlands

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  • Hans Knippenberg

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51964/hlcs9587

Keywords:

Roman Catholic church, The Netherlands, Pillarization, Territorialisation, 19th Century, Pius IX, Utrecht, Multi-cultural society

Abstract

In 1853 an important step in the development of the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands was set. On initiative of the Vatican and despite vehement resistance of the orthodox Protestant part of the population (known as the April-movement), the episcopal hierarchy in the church was restored. By choosing Utrecht in the heart of the protestant Netherlands and not Den Bosch in the Catholic South of the country as the seat of the new archbishop, the Vatican practised an offensive, national strategy. Unintendedly, the Papal choice for Utrecht contributed to the later on development of the non-territorial, personalistic solution for the Dutch multicultural society at that time: the verzuiling.

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Published

2021-03-31

How to Cite

Knippenberg, Hans. 2021. “How Pope Pius IX Stimulated ’Pillarization’ in the Netherlands”. Historical Life Course Studies 10 (March):162-66. https://doi.org/10.51964/hlcs9587.

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