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Gallicanism
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I. Definition – II. Historical Development

I. Definition

The term “Gallicanism” was created in the late 19th century for the state church system characteristic of France, a system that was rooted in the Middle Ages and remained in effect up to the French Revolution. Gallicanism's focus on national church politics goes back to the liberties of the Gallican church that were partly based on theological considerations but mainly on state church law. The aim was to limit the pope's power in the France of the a…

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Dingel, Irene, “Gallicanism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_08093>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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