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The Economist Book of Isms by John Andrews

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Ultramontanism The doctrine that the pope has supreme authority – superior, for example, to that of local authorities and bishops – in the Roman Catholic church in matters of faith and discipline. The word, derived from the Latin ultra, meaning beyond, and mons, meaning mountain, was originally used in the Middle Ages to describe a non-Italian pope as being from “beyond the mountains” – that is the Alps separating the Italian peninsula from the north. In France, after the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, the geography of the word was reversed to describe the papal authority resident in Italy, the implication being that followers of the doctrine were less patriotic than the Gallican – that is, French – stream of the Catholic church in France, ...

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