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Since the debate about papal infallibility in the 19th century, the term “Gallicanism” has been used for the theological doctrines and political practice of the state church in France (Church and State). In the late Middle Ages national and ecclesiastical interests (Conciliarism), joining forces in opposition to the universal claims of the papacy and curial centralism, had secured a wide measure of autonomy for the French church. Les libertés de l’Église gallicane (The freedoms of the Gallican church; 1594), compiled by P. Pithou, and the Preuves (Evidences; 1639) of P. Dupuy gai…

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Schneider, Hans, “Gallicanism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G9>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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