Chapter One: Catholic Fraternities and Confessional Conflict
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Catholic Fraternities and Confessional Conflict
The members of the Catholic fraternities do not believe it is sufficient in their student years to do nothing in the face of religious and moral degeneracy. Through their common efforts, they seek to promote and invigorate their religious consciousness.
—AS REPORTED IN A COLOGNE NEWSPAPER, JULY 2, 18641
“In love for the fatherland, we feel as one with the entire German student body.”
—FROM A CATHOLIC FRATERNITY PUBLICATION, 19212
Germany’s Confessional Legacy
At varying levels of consistency, Catholics in Germany continue to affirm their faith by avowing the obligations of mass, baptism, confirmation, communion and confession. They also continue to participate in the dense, dynamic and resilient organizational network that has structured their lives and the lives of their ancestors for centuries. In the idyllic southern and western German countryside, along the Rhine River, in the Black Forest and down the Romantic Road, ornately adorned Catholic churches represent a dramatic contrast to the austere efficiency of Lutheran-inspired architecture elsewhere. Massive Catholic cathedrals tower over Cologne and Munich. In the fourth century of the Common Era, the ← 13 | 14 →Emperor Constantine’s mother brought the relics of Christ’s Holy Robe to the far Germanic outposts of the Roman Empire, to the ancient Rhineland city of Trier, where they continue to be closely guarded in the Church of the Blessed Lady. In the forested hills of southern...
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