from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The teaching of Isaac Thomas Hecker (1819-88), which interprets Catholicism as promoting human aspirations after liberty and truth, and as the religion best suited to the character and institutions of the American people.
  • n. Improperly, certain views or principles erroneously ascribed to Father Hecker in a French translation of Elliott's Life of Hecker. They were condemned as “Americanism” by the Pope, in a letter to Cardinal Gibbons, January 22, 1899.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The theological views attributed to Rev. Isaac T. Hecker, in which he was charged with minimizing Roman Catholic doctrine to suit American notions. See Americanism.


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