Conservative Catholics (Italy)

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Conservative Catholics

Cattolici Conservatori
Leader Various
Founded 1861
Dissolved 1919
Merged into Italian People's Party
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Ideology Royalism
Political position Far-right (1861–1890s)
Right-wing (1890s–1919)

The Conservative Catholics (Italian: Cattolici Conservatori) was a right-wing conservative political group in Italy, active from 1861 as a kind of "Historical far-right" (composed by strong conservatives and clericalists), but became important only in the early years of the 20th century.

It emerged in 1913 from the right-wing of the clerical Catholic Electoral Union. In the 1913 general election the party won 1.8% of the vote and 9 seats in the Chamber of Deputies.[1] In 1919 the Catholics were merged with other clerical parties and groupings in the Italian People's Party, that gained 20.5% and 100 seats in the 1919 general election.[2][3]

Electoral results

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
1913 89,630 (#9) 1.8
9 / 508


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1047 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Francesco Leoni, Storia dei partiti politici italiani, Guida, Naples 2001
  3. ^ Piergiorgio Corbetta; Maria Serena Piretti, Atlante storico-elettorale d'Italia, Zanichelli, Bologna 2009
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