Death of Johann von Döllinger

Death of Johann von Döllinger

Johann Joseph Ignaz von D llinger
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Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger dies. A Catholic priest, theologian, and church historian, Döllinger's views on religious matters were diverse enough to resist pigeonholing him as "liberal" or "conservative."

What is unambiguous, however, was his strong opposition to papal infallibility. Döllinger was utterly convinced that the doctrine contradict a millennium of church traditions, teachings, and beliefs, as well as scripture itself.

Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger also wasn't the least bit afraid to criticize anyone who attempting to defend papal infallibility — even including the pope himself. Archbishop of Munich Gregor Leonhard Andreas von Scherr demanded that Döllinger submit to the resolutions of the Vatican Council, including the resolution that papal infallibility is a dogma of the universal church.

Döllinger refused, leading to his excommunication and resounding international support for him. Old Catholic Church leaders in the Netherlands are invited to Munich, but Döllinger wouldn't support them to the point of being ordained a bishop in the Old Catholic Church. This caused the movement to lose a lot of steam. It still got established, but the schism with the Vatican remained minor.

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