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the theory that the state should have authority over the church in ecclesiastical matters; Erastianism
[C19: from Caesar (in the sense: temporal ruler) + Ecclesiastical Latin papa Pope1 + -ism]
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Noun1.Caesaropapism - the doctrine that the state is supreme over the church in ecclesiastical matters
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
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The relationship between the king and the patriarch, a relationship that change Romania at the end of the 4th decade, was a kind of Byzantine cesaropapism in the 20th century.