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    Does anyone know why Beethoven was Catholic and not Lutheran?

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    He was born into a Catholic family. That was quite sufficient in those days.


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    And he was baptized Catholic.
    So was Haydn and Mozart.
    Not everyone in Germany is Lutheran
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    Yes despite Van Beethoven being a Dutch name (it’s not the German Von signifying nobility), Beethoven’s family was Catholic, his grandfather being affiliated with a cathedral near Antwerp

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    The paternal side of his ancestry originated in what is now Belgium which was (and, at least nominally, still is) predominantly Catholic.
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    He was a non-practising Catholic but definitely a believer in God

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    The Beethoven family also worked for the Elector of Cologne, who was also Archbishop of Cologne in the Catholic Church. For a variety of historical reasons, the Elector's palace after about 1600 was in Bonn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by regenmusic View Post
    Does anyone know why Beethoven was Catholic and not Lutheran?
    His religion was only part of it. His religion was also Nature and he had a book about daily meditations on Nature in his library that helped inspire his Pastoral Symphony. Sorry that I don’t recall the title at the moment. Many composers had religion, including Brahms, but they didn’t practice it in a conventional way in church attendance or in certain beliefs. But as mentioned by others, Beethoven was a believer.
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    The idea that northern Germany is (was) predominately Protestant and the south Catholic is only partly true. The Rhineland area including Bonn where Beethoven was born is historically Catholic, with the great Cologne Cathedral. In the south the area called Swabia (now eastern Baden-Wurttemberg more or less) is historically more Protestant.

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    Southern Germany and Austria were historically Catholic, the north Lutheran.

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