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Americanism


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A movement propagated especially among American RCs at the end of the 19th cent., which aimed at adapting the external life of the Church to supposed modern cultural ideals. Its adherents stressed the ‘active’ virtues (humanitarianism etc.) and urged that the Church should relax the rigour of her requirements on converts and minimize the points of difference between RCs and other Christians. It was condemned in 1899.

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