German Catholic writer. After various adventures, he returned to the RC faith in 1824, and in 1827 he was offered a professorship at Munich; here he became the centre of a circle of RC scholars including J. J. I. von Döllinger and J. A. Möhler. When in 1837 the Abp. of Cologne, C. A. von Droste-Vischering, was deposed and imprisoned by the Prussian government, Görres took up his cause in his tract Athanasius (1838), which brought all Catholic Germany to the defence of the Church. His writings gave an impetus to the study of the mystics and contributed to the spread of Catholic ideas in Germany.
Subjects: Christianity — Literature.