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From: "Paul Rands" <>
Subject: Name of Katholische church . . . SIMULTANEUM?
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 09:45:41 -0700
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You wrote: this village had a "simultaneous church" from 1687 to 1937. The
"simultaneum" refers to the situation where Catholics and Protestants
(Lutheran and/or Reformed) shared a common church. The worships were held
at different times, e.g. Protestants from 8 to 10 am, and Catholics from 10
to 12 am. Only the Catholics could use the choir.

Me: This really is interesting. The Revocation of the Treaty of Nantes was
in 1685. Yet the simultaneum began in 1687. Does that mean that
protestants were again welcome to worship as they chose? Or was Alsace even
part of France at that time?

Was this practice common in Alsace? In France/Germany/Switzerland and other



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