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or Ul·tra·mon·ta·nism  (ŭl′trə-mŏn′tə-nĭz′əm)
n. Roman Catholic Church
The policy that absolute authority in the Church should be vested in the pope.

ul′tra·mon′ta·nist n.


(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the doctrine of central papal supremacy. Compare Gallicanism
ˌultraˈmontanist n


(ˌʌl trəˈmɒn tnˌɪz əm)

n. (sometimes cap.)
the policy of the party in the Roman Catholic Church that favors increasing and enhancing the power and authority of the pope. Compare Gallicanism.
[1820–30; < French ultramontanisme]
ul`tra•mon′ta•nist, n.


the advocacy of the supremacy of the papacy and the papal system, in opposition to those favoring national churches and the authority of church councils. Cf. Gallicanism. — ultramontane, ultramontanist, n.ultramontanistic, adj.
See also: Catholicism
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Noun1.ultramontanism - (Roman Catholic Church) the policy that the absolute authority of the church should be vested in the popeultramontanism - (Roman Catholic Church) the policy that the absolute authority of the church should be vested in the pope
policy - a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group; "it was a policy of retribution"; "a politician keeps changing his policies"
Church of Rome, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Church, Western Church, Roman Catholic - the Christian Church based in the Vatican and presided over by a pope and an episcopal hierarchy
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Abstract : This article studies the links between ultramontanism and French Canadian nationalism.
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The proper response to the secular state was not reactionary but liberal ultramontanism.
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Due to the fact that Church was forced to defend itself, two French great theological schools of thought has appeared in this period of Enlightenment: the liberal Catholicism and the Ultramontanism.
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The shift from Gallicanism to Ultramontanism during the nineteenth century may partly result from the demise of the French monarchy.
Catholic Ultramontanism, conservatives of every stripe, traditionalists, Protestant confessionalists, and Evangelical fundamentalists, no matter how distant they are from their specific ecclesial affiliation or object of devotion, belong to this mode of defining identity.
Out of an instrument of peace and progress it made a weapon of war and domination; it appropriated the great drive for reform and made it work to the advantage of Ultramontanism.