Cahenslyism

noun Ca·hens·ly·ism \kəˈhenzlēˌizəm, -n(t)sl-\

Definition of Cahenslyism

plural

-s

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of cahenslyism

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


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