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The term “Gallicanism” in the sense of a certain doctrine and practice which persisted during various periods was coined by the historians of the 19th century. There are two aspects to be noted. One is the historical manifestation of a French nationalism in Church affairs, including the reaction of the monarchy to the centralism of the papal Curia, which, however, allowed the French State many rights in the ecclesiastical sphere. The other is the theory of canon law, compounded of conciliarist, …

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Émile Delaruelle, “Gallicanism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 06 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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