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A policy of supporting the power and influence of the clergy in political or secular matters.

cler′i·cal·ist n.
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Noun1.clericalist - one who advocates clericalism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
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Missionary drive: The church has to take its message to the streets, breaking the traditionally clericalist and passive ethos of Latin American Catholicism.
if we are to change the clericalist culture that is at the root of our present crisis, the effects of which are altogether more pervasive than the issue of child abuse.
Shaw makes a perceptive point, however, about what he calls neo-congregationalism: "Although its exaggerated emphasis on baptismal priesthood is sometimes taken to be a healthy reaction against clericalism, it is in reality a mirror image of clericalist values arising from essentially the same deep sources: deep-seated confusion on the subject of vocation, pervasive depreciation of the secular order and of the laity's duties there, and an implicit assumption that for lay people to enjoy real dignity in the church, they must become--and begin to do--what the ordained clergy are and do: In other words, they must be clericalized.
The movement, though dominated by clergy, was not exclusively clericalist in inspiration or reception.
She represents the arguments of French feminists who opposed a divided citizenship for women on the British model and also cites a recent study which argues that a revival of anti-Republican, clericalist argument in post-war France contributed to the delay in extending suffrage to women in France until 1944.
The liberal-socialist pole would have perceived any failure of the new Constitution to acknowledge the "right to choose" as a clear sign that, through the attainment of independence and the fall of the single-party regime, the country was about to revert to a reactionary conservative, clericalist Catholic, patriarchal, and provincial mini-state -- indeed, a nation radically different and completely at odds with the notion of a new and modern Slovenia, with liberal and cosmopolitan perspectives that would guarantee the freedoms of the individual that they wished to see forged.
This implies that clericalist and other opposition to sensible, humane population-growth-control programs is both criminally stupid and socially irresponsible.
2, covering the period from independence to the eve of the 20th century, treats the protracted struggle between the new republics and the Holy See, the tensions between laicist and clericalist factions and their intellectual legitimatizations, the Latin American input into Vatican I and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, early reflections on tolerance and pluralism, and the variety of concordat relationships that finally emerged.
It rehearses the clericalist arguments of Jonathan Clark (oddly or mischievously spelled throughout in the manner of the Arian Samuel Clarke) and the "age of negligence" portrayal afforded by the work of Peter Virgin, but does not engage their arguments except in passing.
The Barbarian Invasions" has been immensely popular in Canada, in part because it offers an oblique review of recent history in Quebec, especially the swift changeover from a clericalist to a post-Christian culture.
The guidelines, intended to shape how religion will be taught to more than 140,000 students in 300 Catholic schools in the archdiocese, were denounced by critics as clericalist, rule-oriented and biased against women, according to the newspaper report.