Chocolate Socialist (braisedbywolves) wrote,
Chocolate Socialist

Reasons I love my Big Book of the Reformation #2

It was that era that coined a name for the centralizing impulse in Catholicism that minimizes local autonomy and the need for consultation with the whole Church: significantly the name derived from the geography of Europe. The Alps became the symbolic barrier, and the perspective was that of northern Europeans. The centralizers were known as 'ultramontanes' - those from beyond the mountains. Less frequently heard now is the symmetrically opposite name 'cisalpine' ('this side of the Alps') to denote a decentralizing Catholicism, such as was evolved by Gallicans or Jansenists, and which might be more inclined to feel that Protestants and even Protestantism were not all bad.
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