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I. Originally – in accordance with its etymology – ultramontane described a nation or party on the other side of the Alps from the person using the term. Since the time of the Enlightenment, however, advocates of reform-oriented spirituality have used Ultramontanism with pejorative connotations as a polemical watchword for a reactionary ecclesiological or canonical position within the Catholic Church, papalist and Jesuitical. Parties were formed within the church: reform-oriented positions open to the Enlightenment were …

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Unterburger, Klaus, “Ultramontanism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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