from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The office, jurisdiction, or tenure of a pope; the papacy.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The office or dignity of pope; also, the temporal or spiritual jurisdiction of a pope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The place, office, or dignity of the pope; papal dignity.
- noun The jurisdiction of the pope.
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- noun The
jurisdictionof the pope.
- noun The place, office, or
dignityof the pope; papaldignity.
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Some ancient writers affirm Alphaeus did a great work in Spain, others in Britain and Ireland before returning to Jerusalem where he had a popedom over the whole Christian Church.
This also is granted, so he do it in his own dominions, or in the dominions of any other prince that hath given him that power; but not universally, in right of the popedom: for that power belongeth to every Christian sovereign, within the bounds of his own empire, and is inseparable from the sovereignty.
A whole popedom of forms, one pulsation of virtue can uplift and vivify.
Pray inform yourself thoroughly of the history of the popes and the popedom; which, for many centuries, is interwoven with the history of all Europe.
Sixtus the Fifth was the son of a swineherd, and raised himself to the popedom by his abilities: he was a great knave, but an able and singular one.
Gregory the Seventh's wildest dream of a universal popedom is more than fulfilled in him.
In the thirteenth century, the popedom was at the summit of mortal dominion; it was independent of all kingdoms; it ruled with a rank of influence never before or since possessed by a human sceptre; it was the acknowledged sovereign of body and soul; to all earthly intents its power was immeasurable for good or evil.
Such was the inquisition, declared by the Spirit of God to be at once the offspring and the _image_ of the popedom.
So step by step he finally became elevated to the high dignity of the popedom.
But surely the crimes of popedom and the evils of monachism, that thing of dry bones and fabricated relics, are bad enough; and the protestant cause is sufficiently holy, that we may afford to be honest if we cannot to be generous.