• 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