Abp. of Cologne. Of noble family, he was elected Abp. in 1835 at the suggestion of the Prussian government, who hoped thereby to reconcile the Catholic nobility to their policy. He came into conflict with the government, first for refusing to approve Hermesianism and then over mixed marriages; under the pretext of treasonable activities he was imprisoned in 1837. J. J. von Görres took up his cause in his tract Athanasius (1838). He was freed in 1839 and retired to Münster.
Subjects: Christianity — Literature.