- May 2014
Well, I'm probably going to do a little psychological projection with this remark, BUT, I'd say Catholics of the 1890s had a generally high level of respect for the Habsburgs and would have not imagined Austria being incorporated into the holdings of the Lutheran Hohenzollerns. The oldest part of the population were children when Francis had to surrender the title of HRE, you know? A lot of respect for tradition in the Catholic mindset, of course, for others reading this, YMMV (your mileage may vary).
In turn, this would be why the Hohenzollerns had to fall before there could be a serious push to incorporate Austria into Germany.