Cahenslyism - definition of Cahenslyism by The Free Dictionary
a 19th-century plan of the German parliamentarian Cahensly, successfully opposed by American interests, to have the pope divide the foreign-born population of the U.S. into ethnic groups and to appoint bishops and priests of the same ethnic and linguistic background as each group.See also: Catholicism
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This was a national policy, expressing an Australian preference against ethnic parishes and Cahenslyism. During the early years of the massive post-war migration the Australian Catholic Church faced decisions about whether or not to have ethnic parishes as had been allowed in the United States of America.
In the course of preparing this paper I re-read and was impressed by his talk on Catholic approaches to immigration to the De La Salle Old Boys and was surprised to find him speaking against Cahenslyism. (21) I had to look it up.