Heckerism

Heckerism

the teaching of a 19th-century Paulist priest, Isaac T. Hecker, who regarded Catholicism as the religion best suited to promoting human aspirations after liberty and truth and to the character and institutions of the American people. Also called Americanism.
See also: Catholicism
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The first biography of Hecker, written by Walter Elliot, C.S.P., some years after Hecker's death, engendered derisive commentary by right-wing polemicists in France, who coined the term "Heckerism" as an ideology to be deplored.
traces Hecker's life up to his conversion in 1844 and his decision a year later to enter the Redemptorists, covers his Redemptorist years up until his expulsion in 1857 and the subsequent founding decade of the Paulists, locates Hecker with respect to late-19th-century Catholic anti-Modernism, and brings the story to its political and spiritual conclusions, reviewing the controversies over "Heckerism" during the 1890s.