The Dutch Mission or Holland Mission (Dutch: Hollandse Zending or Hollandse Missie) (1592 – 1853) was the common name of a Catholic Church missionary district in the Low Countries during and after the Protestant Reformation.
Historic diocese and archdiocese
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the founding of the diocese dates back to Francia, when St. Ecgberht of Ripon sent St. Willibrord and eleven companions on a mission to pagan Frisia, at the request of Pepin of Herstal. The Diocese of Utrecht (Latin: Dioecesis Ultraiectensis) was erected by Pope Sergius I in 695. In 695 Sergius consecrated Willibrord in Rome as Bishop of the Frisians.
George Edmundson wrote, in Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911 edition, that the bishops, in fact, as the result of grants of immunities by a succession of German kings, and notably by the Saxon and Franconian emperors, gradually became the temporal rulers of a dominion as great as the neighboring counties and duchies. John Mason Neale explained, in History of the so-called Jansenist church of Holland, that bishops "became warriors rather than prelates; the duties of their pastoral office were frequently exercised by suffragans, while they themselves headed armies against the Dukes of Guelders or the Counts of Holland."(p63) Adalbold II of Utrecht "must be regarded as the principal founder of the territorial possessions of the diocese," according to Albert Hauck, in New Schaff–Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, especially by the acquisition in 1024 and 1026 of the counties of Drenthe and Teisterbant (nl); but, the name "Bishopric of Utrecht" is not used in the article. Debitum pastoralis officii nobis was Pope Leo X's 1517 prohibition to the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Hermann of Wied, as legatus natus,[a] to summon, to a court of first instance in Cologne, Philip of Burgundy, his treasurer, and his ecclesiastical and secular subjects.[b] Leo X only confirmed a right of the Church, explained Neale; but Leo X's confirmation "was providential" in respect to the future schism.(p72) The Bishopric ended when Henry of the Palatinate resigned the see in 1528 with the consent of the cathedral chapter, and transferred his secular authority to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The chapters voluntarily transferred their right of electing the bishop to Charles V, and Pope Clement VII gave his consent to the proceeding. George Edmundson wrote, in History of Holland, that Henry, "was compelled" in 1528 to formally surrender "the temporalities of the see" to Charles V.(p21) Lordship of Utrecht
The diocese was elevated to an archdiocese in 1559. It was taken from Province of Cologne, in which it was a suffragan, and elevated to the rank of an archdiocese and metropolitan see. During the administration of the first archbishop, Frederik V Schenck van Toutenburg, Calvinism spread rapidly, especially among the nobility, who viewed with disfavor the endowment of the new bishoprics with the ancient and wealthy abbeys. The parish churches were attacked in the Beeldenstorm in 1566. The hanging of the nineteen Martyrs of Gorkum in Brielle in 1572 is an example of the persecution which Catholics suffered. During the Dutch Revolt in the Spanish Netherlands, the archdiocese fell. In the Beeldenstorm in 1580, the collegiate churches were victims of iconoclastic attacks and St. Martin's Cathedral, Utrecht, was "severely damaged". "Even though approximately one third of the people remained Roman Catholic and in spite of a relatively great tolerance," as early as 1573, the public exercise of Catholicism was forbidden, and the cathedral was converted into a Protestant church in 1580. The cathedral chapter survived and "still managed its lands and formed part of the provincial government" in the Lordship of Utrecht. "The newly appointed canons, however, were always Protestants." The two successor archbishop appointed by Spain neither received canonical confirmation nor could they enter their diocese because of the States-General opposition. The archdiocese was suppressed in 1580. Walter Phillips wrote, in Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911 edition, the last archbishop of Utrecht, Frederik V Schenck van Toutenburg, died in 1580, "a few months before the suppression of Roman Catholic public worship" by William I, Prince of Orange. "Suppression of dioceses," wrote Hove, "takes place only in countries where the faithful and the clergy have been dispersed by persecution," the suppressed dioceses become missions, prefectures, or vicariates apostolic. This is what occurred in the Dutch Republic.[c]
Vicariate Apostolic of Batavia
The Holland Mission started when the vicariate was erected by Pope Clement VIII in 1592. "For two centuries after the  Peace of Westphalia much of Holland was under vicars apostolic as mission territory, as England was in the same period; although some areas had archpriests dependent on the nuncios in Cologne and Brussels."
In the early 18th century there was a grave internal conflict around the apostolic vicars Johannes van Neercassel and Petrus Codde, who were accused of Jansenism. This resulted in the founding of the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht in 1723 and the schism of several thousands of leading Dutch Catholics with the Roman See.
In 1725, in a clear act of anti-Catholicism and in an attempt to divide the country's Catholics and stimulate the Old Catholic Ultrajectine organization, the States-General of the Republic banned the apostolic vicars from the country.
Mission sui iuris of Batavia
The Lordship of Utrecht ended when the Batavian Republic was created in 1795. There was an official freedom of religion. Churches did not have to be hidden anymore, new seminaries for priests were founded, and several monasteries were reinstated.
The modern Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Utrecht was erected by Pope Pius IX in 1853 from the territory of the mission during a restructuring which erected its ecclesiastical province. His 1853 papal letter Ex qua die arcano marked the reestablishment of the episcopal hierarchy in the Netherlands. The city of Utrecht was raised, once more, to a Roman Catholic archdiocese, and received the four suffragan dioceses of Haarlem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Breda, and Roermond. Joannes Zwijsen was appointed the first modern archbishop and was also administrator of the Diocese of 's-Hertogenbosch. In 1858 the cathedral chapters of the dioceses were organized and in 1864 the first provincial synod was held.
List of vicars apostolic
- Sasbout Vosmeer (1584–1614)
- Philippus Rovenius (1614–1651)
- Jacobus de la Torre (1652–1660)
- Boudewijn Catz (1661–1663)
- Johannes van Neercassel (1663–1686)
- Petrus Codde (1688–1704)
- Theodorus de Cock (1702–1704)
- Gerhard Potcamp (1705)
- Adam Daemen (1707–1717)
- Johannes van Bijlevelt (1717–1725)
Vicars apostolic administrating from Brussels
- Joseph Spinelli (1725–1731)
- Vincentius Montalto (1731–1732)
- Silvester Valenti Gonzaga (1732–1736)
- Franciscus Goddard (1736–1737)
- Lucas Melchior Tempi (1737–1743)
- Petrus Paulus Testa (1744)
- Ignatius Crivelli (1744–1755)
- Carolus Molinari (1755–1763)
- Batholomeus Soffredini (1763)
- Thomas Maria Ghilini (1763–1775)
- Joannes Antonius Maggiora (1775–1776)
- Ignatius Busca (1776–1785)
- Michael Causati (1785–1786)
- Antonius Felix Zondadari (1786–1790)
- Caesar di Brancadoro (1792–1794)
- Ludovicus Ciamberlani (1794–1828)
- Franciscus Cappacini (1829–1831)
- Antonius Antonucci (1831–1841)
- Innocentius Ferrieri (1841–1847)
- Joannes Zwijsen (1847–1848)
- Carolus Belgrado (1848–1853)
- Act of Abjuration
- Eighty Years' War
- Habsburg Netherlands
- History of religion in the Netherlands
- William the Silent
- "As papal power increased after the middle of the eleventh century these legates came to have less and less real authority and eventually the legatus natus was hardly more than a title."
- Joosting and Muller noted that Leo X also promulgated another bull, in which he commissioned that the Bishop of Utrecht, his treasurer and his subjects informed that they were empowered to disregard privileges formerly granted to others and to prosecute offenders while setting aside formerly specified legal process.
- Changes of this nature were not regulated by canon law, according to Hove who wrote in 1909.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Lins, Joseph (1912). "Archdiocese of Utrecht". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia 15. Robert Appleton Company.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Mershman, Francis (1912). "St. Willibrord". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia 15. Robert Appleton Company.
- Archdiocese of Utrecht at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Edmundson, George; Phillips, Walter A (1911). "Utrecht". In Chisholm, Hugh. Encyclopædia Britannica 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 823–824.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Neale, John M (1858). History of the so-called Jansenist church of Holland; with a sketch of its earlier annals, and some account of the Brothers of the common life. Oxford; London: John Henry and James Parker. OCLC 600855086.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Hauck, Albert (1908). "Adalbold". In Jackson, Samuel Macauley. New Schaff–Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge 1 (third ed.). London and New York: Funk and Wagnalls. p. 32.
- La Monte, John L (1949). The world of the Middle Ages: a reorientation of medieval history. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts. p. 393. OCLC 568161011.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Pope Leo X (1517-11-25). Debitum pastoralis officii nobis (in Latin). From Joosting, Jan G. C.; Muller, Samuel (1912). "Verbod van Paus Leo X aan den aartsbisschop van Keulen als legatus natus, Philips bisschop van Utrecht, diens fiscus en diens kerkelijke en wereldlijke onderdanen in eerste instantie naar keulen te doen dagvaarden". Bronnen voor de geschiedenis der kerkelijke rechtspraak in het bisdom Utrecht in di middeleeuwen. Oude vaderlandsche rechtsbronnen (in Dutch). 's-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff. pp. 59–62. Retrieved 2014-01-09. This book contains documents relating to the limit of the jurisdiction of the bishop of Utrecht. This book was published in Werken der Vereeniging tot Uitgaaf der Bronnen van het Oud-Vaderlandsche Recht ('s-Gravenhage: Martinus Nijhoff) 2 (14). 1912. OCLC 765196601.
- Edmundson, George (1922). History of Holland. Cambridge historical series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. LCCN 22004345.
- "History". Domkerk Utrecht. Utrecht. Archived from the original on 2014-01-16. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Hove, Alphonse van (1909). "Diocese". In Herbermann, Charles. Catholic Encyclopedia 5. Robert Appleton Company.
- Mission "Sui Iuris" of Batavia (Holland Mission) at Catholic-Hierarchy Retrieved on 2014-01-14.
- "The hierarchy in Holland". The Tablet (London). 1953-05-16. p. 20. Retrieved 2014-01-14.
- "Apostolisch vicarissen van de Hollandse Zending". kdc.kun.nl (in Dutch). Nijmegen: Radboud Universiteit. Katholiek Documentatie Centrum. Archived from the original on 2007-08-05. Retrieved 2014-07-08. Transcribed from Molenaar, M. Chr. M.; Abbink, Gerhardus A. M. (1995). Dertienhonderd jaar bisdom Utrecht (in Dutch). Baarn: Uitgeverij Gooi en Sticht. p. 94. ISBN 9789030408284.