anticlericalism

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anticlericalism

opposition, especially political opposition, to the power and influence of the church.
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En la primera de estas regulaciones existe una <<exposicion de motivos>> que sintetiza bien el espiritu anticlerical de esos momentos:
This much seems quite clear, though we are left with other questions, chief among them the search for answers that will help us understand the depth of both the religious conviction of many Mexican Catholics during this era and the equally strong convictions of the anticlerical elements within the state (here Fallaw would remind us that neither the state nor the Catholics are monolithic categories).
As the week rounds out, we see that many people in the community are quite anticlerical. They are disillusioned with the church, and yet, still crave the priest's input and guidance.
During the period of revolution in France, the church came to deal with an anticlerical world.
But the Vatican said yesterday the accusations stemmed from "anticlerical, left wing elements that are used to attacking the church" and "must be clearly and firmly denied".
He said the accusations were made long ago "by anticlerical left-wing elements to attack the church and must be decisively rejected."
Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that there has never been a "credible, concrete accusation against the pope" and "discredited accusations" against the then-cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, which he claimed were "driven by anticlerical left-wing ideology".
The faith and the fury; popular anticlerical violence and iconoclasm in Spain, 1931-1936.
1 One of Russia's more influential priests, Vsevolod Chaplin, has asked for greater laws against anticlerical behavior and a law criminalizing blasphemy.