Gallicanism: Traditional Catholicism Without the Catholicism. Or Why Popes Matter.


Lest we confuse when we sling the accusation of "Gallicanism" at those who continue to try to change the Church and the Faith in response to Francis and his abominations, we should define what we mean. Rather we will let Michael Miller, whose "Notes on Church History in France," were published in Dom Prosper Gueranger's book against Gallicanism, entitled, The Papal Monarchy, present the basic definition for us: "'Gallicanism' is a group of religious opinions which for some time was peculiar to the Church in France and the theological schools of that country. This view of the Church tended to restrict the authority of the pope, while extending the competence of the bishops and the temporal ruler."

"Gallican theory acknowledged papal primacy, but claimed that it was limited by the power of princes, by the authority of a general (ecumenical council), by the authority of the bishops, and by the canons and customs of local churches. According to this way of thinking, the decrees of the pope acquire infallible authority only through the assent of the college of bishops, and the pope must take the peculiar law and historical prerogatives of a local Church into account when he exercises his authority. Partisans of Gallicanism supposed that their system was a revival of the most ancient traditions of Christianity and called their Catholic opponents the Ultramontane party." 

There is much to say on this falling off of many "traditional" "Catholic" pundits into a heresy. Before we analyze this further, let us remember what Archbishop Lefebvre himself said about the importance of the pope and the Holy See.





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  1. In this clip five times Archbishop Lefebvre says, "I don't know". I hope that answers your questions everybody. Now how are you going to "follow" him if he doesn't know.

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  2. SSPX, si vous reconnaissez que François 1er promulgue l'hérésie publiquement, pourquoi insistez-vous donc à entretenir une relation avec lui? Ne savez vous pas qu'il perd l'autorité du Christ en promulguant l'hérésie publiquement? Si vous pactisez avec des hérétiques, vous ne faites plus partie du corps mystique du Christ - vous êtes en dehors de l'Église Catholique.

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  3. Thank you, Dr. Chojnowski, for defining what Gallicanism means. This word needs to be used more often. Too many Catholics who "recognize and resist" or "recognize and ignore" the man they believe is their pope are not aware that this is Gallicanism, and that it was condemned by Vatican I. Looking forward to your next installment.

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  4. The First Vatican Council condemns Gallicanism:

    "If anyone says that the Roman pontiff has merely an office of supervision and guidance, and not the full and supreme power of jurisdiction over the whole church, and this not only in matters of faith and morals, but also in those which concern the discipline and government of the church dispersed throughout the whole world; or that he has only the principal part, but not the absolute fullness, of this supreme power; or that this power of his is not ordinary and immediate both over all and each of the churches and over all and each of the pastors and faithful: let him be anathema."

    The Gallicans of today stand condemned. Today’s Gallicans = R&R.

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