Catholic club

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The Catholic Club was an intergroup of Catholic representatives in the Frankfurt National Assembly from 1848/49.

In the National Assembly there was no permanent association of members on a denominational basis. Instead, Catholic MPs from various factions joined together in the Catholic Club. The main aim was to influence the advice on fundamental rights . The merger was quite successful, as the articles about church and school were able to be designed according to church wishes.

The Catholic Club was initially founded as the “Club of the Stone House” in Frankfurt am Main and was headed by the Catholic Bishops of Warmia, from Breslau, Münster and Kulm. The last chairman of the club was the Rhenish publicist Joseph von Radowitz . His deputy was August Reichensperger . Other well-known members were Matthias Aulike and Jan Chryzostom Janiszewski .

The successor to the Catholic Club was the " Catholic Fraction " in the Prussian House of Representatives from 1852 to 1867 and finally in 1870 the party of the Catholic Center, the German Center Party .


  • Walter Tormin: History of the German parties since 1848 . Stuttgart u. a., 1967. p. 43

Individual evidence

  1. a b `` Prussian Catholics and Catholic Prussians in the 20th Century '', Königshausen & Neumann 2011, p. 27 ff.