Religion Past and Present

Get access

Vatican I
(4,068 words)

[German Version]

I. History, Process, Results

1. Annoucement and preparation.

The idea of holding a general council for the church to assert its authority and its defensive stance against a modernity shaped by Enlightenment and revolution was first suggested to Pius IX during exile in Gaëta. The plan took shape after the pope – two days before the publication of the encyclical Quanta cura and the Syllabus on Dec 8, 1864, and in close connection…

Cite this page
Bischof, Franz Xaver, Unterburger, Klaus and Klausnitzer, Wolfgang, “Vatican I”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

▲   Back to top   ▲