Ca·​hens·​ly·​ism | \ kəˈhenzlēˌizəm, -n(t)sl- \
plural -s

Definition of Cahenslyism

: a movement to divide the foreign-born Roman Catholic population of the U.S. for ecclesiastical purposes according to European nationalities and to appoint bishops and priests of the same national origin and language as the majority of the members of a diocese or parish

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History and Etymology for Cahenslyism

Peter P. Cahensly, †1923 German parliamentarian who proposed the plan + English -ism

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“Cahenslyism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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