August 6, 1898
Princess Dorothea of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha has been censured for the "passive assistance" of a Catholic priest at her recent marriage to Duke Ernst Gunther of Schleswig-Holstein, reports the New York Times,.
The presence of the priest at the wedding has caused much discussion in the "Ultramontane press." The Cologne Volks-Zeitung stated: "The priest committed a grave breach of faith and the Princess was guilty, by marrying according to the Protestant rite, of deadly sin."
The Augsburg Post Zeitung chimed in with: "The Coburg family has been guilty of another public nuisance."
Princess Dorothea is the daughter of Prince Philipp of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his estranged wife, Princess Louise of Belgium. She married Duke Ernst Gunther of Schleswig-Holstein on August 2. The Duke is the brother of Empress Auguste Viktoria, consort of Wilhelm II.
The new Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein is a Roman Catholic. Her husband is Lutheran. The couple were married in a Lutheran ceremony.