Roman Catholic Party of the Netherlands
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The RKPN was founded by former members of the Catholic People's Party who were upset with what they saw as the liberal course of their party. In reaction they founded the RKPN. In the 1972 the party got one seat, which was taken by Klaas Beuker, who also was the party's chair. In 1974 a conflict between Beuker and the party board, caused him to continue as an independent MP. The party unsuccessfully entered in the 1977 elections.
Ideology & Issues
The RKPN was an orthodox catholic testimonial party in contrast to the pragmatic and liberal course of the Catholic People's Party. The party took the Ten Commandments as their main perspective. The RKPN followed the conservative course of Pope Paul VI.
Support & Leadership
This table shows the RKPN's results in elections to the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the party's political leadership: the fractievoorzitter, is the chair of the parliamentary party and the lijsttrekker is the party's top candidate in the general election, these posts are normally taken by the party's leader.
|1972||1||0||Klaas Beuker||Klaas Beuker|
|1973||1||0||no elections||Klaas Beuker|
|1974||1||0||no elections||Klaas Beuker|
|1975||1||0||no elections||Klaas Beuker|
|1976||1||0||no elections||Klaas Beuker|
The party was mainly supported by Catholics who followed more conservative bishops like Simonis.