13 Facts About Anti-clericalism


Anti-clericalism is opposition to religious authority, typically in social or political matters.

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Anti-clericalism is related to secularism, which seeks to separate the church from public and political life.

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Anti-clericalism became extremely violent during the French Revolution because revolutionaries claimed the church played a pivotal role in the systems of oppression which led to it.

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Anti-clericalism appeared in Catholic Europe throughout the 19th century, in various forms, and later in Canada, Cuba, and Latin America.

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Anti-clericalism is not the official stance of most parties, as most party leaders consider it an electoral disadvantage to openly contradict the Church: since the demise of the DC as a single party, practicing Catholic votes are often swinging between the right and the left wing, and are considered to be decisive to win an election.

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Anti-clericalism asked the Catholics of Spain to fight with all legal means against the injustices.

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Anti-clericalism was a common feature of 19th-century liberalism in Latin America.

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Anti-clericalism considers opposition to constitutional democracy as hostility towards the twelfth Imam.

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Anti-clericalism declared his full support for constitutional democracy and announced that objection to "foundations of constitutionalism" was un-Islamic.

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Anti-clericalism believes that an Islamic system of governance can not be established without the infallible Imam leading it.

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Anti-clericalism prefers collective wisdom over individual opinions, and limits the role of jurist to provide religious guidance in personal affairs of a believer.

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Anti-clericalism defines democracy as a system of governance that enforces a set of "limitations and conditions" on the head of state and government employees so that they work within "boundaries that the laws and religion of every nation determines".

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Anti-clericalism asserts that both religious rulings and the laws outside the scope of religion confront "state despotism".

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