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.