• WordNet 3.6
    • n Gallicanism a religious movement originating among the French Roman Catholic clergy that favored the restriction of papal control and the achievement by each nation of individual administrative autonomy of the church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Gallicanism The principles, tendencies, or action of those, within the Roman Catholic Church in France, who (esp. in 1682) sought to restrict the papal authority in that country and increase the power of the national church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Gallicanism The spirit of nationalism within the French church, as opposed to the absolutism of the papal see. It grew in strength during the middle ages, and culminated in the reign of Louis XIV. The Gallican liberties, in which this spirit was expressed, disappeared at the time of the revolution; and, though since restored and nominally in existence, ultramontanism has during the nineteenth century triumphed over Gallicanism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gallicanism the spirit of nationalism within the French Church—as opposed to Ultramontanism, or the absolute subjection of everything to the personal authority of the pope
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. GallicusGallia, Gaul.


In literature:

In him we recognise the father of the freedom of the Gallican Church.
"Jeanne d'Arc" by Mrs.(Margaret) Oliphant
Gallican maxims are dishonored by the use Napoleon has made of them.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 6 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
To insular minds, whether Scottish or English, every deviation of the Gallican ritual from their own was a sore vexation.
"Two Penniless Princesses" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Know the particular rights of the Gallican church, in opposition to the pretensions of the See of Rome.
"The PG Edition of Chesterfield's Letters to His Son" by The Earl of Chesterfield
Many persons have urged me to found a Gallican Church, and make myself its head; but they do not know France.
"Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, Complete" by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
I was led into this train of reflection by the conduct of our Anglo-Gallican legislator, Mr. Thomas Paine.
"A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Complete" by An English Lady
Psalters, Gallican and Roman, 400, 403.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
One of the lights of the Gallican clergy.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
Such was the result of the assertion of Gallican independence against papal supremacy.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
Gallicanism and National Churches.
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
He had told us that the crowing of the Gallican cock would be the sign for the revolution to begin, yet he was silent.
"The Marx He Knew" by John Spargo
Bossuet, who fought for the Gallican liberties, fought for the Anglican likewise.
"The Church of England cleared from the charge of Schism" by Thomas William Allies
He was instantly attacked for his Gallican panegyric, by a portion of the Royal Society.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 368, June 1846" by Various
In the Gallican Church it was only adopted at the same time as the Roman liturgy.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
They were written from the Gallican standpoint, i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
The pretext was, defending the liberties of the Gallican church.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
It was thus, in its main tendencies, the equivalent of what in France is known as Gallicanism (q.v.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2" by Various
He was keen on the political situation, and very anti-Gallican, as every man who has been in Egypt naturally is, who is not a Frenchman.
"A Book of Ghosts" by Sabine Baring-Gould
In a line with Jansenism as a force destructive of the influence of Catholic grace upon modern life was the movement of Gallicanism.
"The War Upon Religion" by Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
Gallican immunities were indeed asserted on paper; but, in effect, the Jesuits gained the day.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 65, No. 403, May, 1849" by Various