a.1.Opposed to what is Gallic or French.
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25) Unfortunately, this anti-Gallican background has escaped the notice of many critics, who have raised two pseudo-problems: first, some critics consider papal definitions as arbitrary teachings by the pope that do not need the consent of the church; however, this was not what Vatican I meant by "irreformable"; rather, the council rejected the Gallican insistence on subjecting papal decisions to approval by the French government; moreover, Pastor aeternus emphasized that the pope, in making doctrinal decisions, needs to consult the church; thus, infallibility was understood as a charism that the pope exercises in and for the church.
27) Such a canonical understanding of "irreformable" is evidently congruent with the anti-Gallican stance of the council, which insisted that the definitions of the infallible papal magisterium do not need further approbation, since the pope is speaking definitively in and for the church.