ultramontanism

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From ultramontane +‎ -ism, after French ultramontanisme.

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ultramontanism (countable and uncountable, plural ultramontanisms)

  1. A Roman Catholic philosophy that emphasises the prerogatives and powers of the Pope.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 818:
      Ultramontanism is often seen as a conservative force in the Church, but after 1815 it represented innovation and the prospect of Church reconstruction and revival, albeit of a particular type.

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