Italian Catholic Electoral Union

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Italian Catholic Electoral Union
Unione Elettorale Cattolica Italiana
Leader Ottorino Gentiloni
Founded 1905
Dissolved 1919
Merged into Italian People's Party
Ideology Christian democracy
Political position Right-wing
Politics of Italy
Political parties

The Italian Catholic Electoral Union (Unione elettorale cattolica italiana) was a political organization designed to coordinate the participation of Catholic voices in Italian electoral contests. It was formed in 1905 after the suppression of the Opera dei Congressi following the encyclical Il fermo proposito of Pope Pius X.[1] It was headed 1909-16 by Count Ottorino Gentiloni. The Gentiloni pact of 1913 briought many new Catholic voters into politics, where they supported the Liberal party of Prime Minister Giovanni Giolitti. By the terms of the pact, the Union directed Catholic voters to Giolitti supporters who agreed to favor the Church's position on such key issues as funding private Catholic schools, and blocking a law allowing divorce.

Electoral results[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
1909 73,015 (#6) 4.0
18 / 508
Ottorino Gentiloni
1913 212,319 (#5) 4.2
20 / 508
Increase 2
Ottorino Gentiloni


  1. ^ "Opera Omnia Alberione". Retrieved 2011-12-22. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Frank J. Coppa. "Giolitti and the Gentiloni Pact between Myth and Reality," Catholic Historical Review (1967) 53#2 pp. 217-228 in JSTOR