7a Marriage and children

Before the turn of the century Görres criticized the blending of religion and state due to his youth in the electorate of Trier but he emphasized the importance and the preservation of Christian values, the independence of church(es) and their moral authority. After his journey to Paris and Napoleon’s takeover he retreated into his private life. Görres detested the violent excesses and committed himself to art and history. He published cultural articles and was hoping upon a career as university lecturer. During this time he married Katharina von Lassaulx (1801), a publisher’s daughter. It is interesting that Görres did not marry in a church. He may have done that out of consideration for the publisher’s family who was rooted in the new times. On the other side there is the possibility that Görres was upset about the role of the church in the era of Napoleon. Later on he wrote that chumming up «clerics» were «praising the devil Napoleon». Also the uncommonly late baptism of his children is a sign of this rejection: His two children Sophie (*1802) and Guido (*1805) were baptized in October 1807. The search for the Godly in the past which occupied Görres during these years could be a substitute act for the churchly practice. It may be an expression for a crisis of faith or a phase of identity search. The former rejection of churchly commitment could also have political or familial reasons that were issue for a short period of time as demonstrated.