Definition of Catholicism in English:



mass noun
  • 1The faith, practice, and church order of the Roman Catholic Church.

    • ‘One of the characteristics of Catholicism is a lively devotion to Our Lady.’
    • ‘In high school, he abandoned his parents' Hindu faith and converted to Catholicism.’
    • ‘Or was her Catholicism simply part of the natural order, just taken for granted?’
    • ‘They brought with them Jesuit missionaries to convert the people to Catholicism.’
    • ‘For the mass of Italians the Church and Catholicism were a central part of everyday life.’
    • ‘Church and state are separate today, but Catholicism is the religion of the great majority.’
    • ‘The Catholicism of the forties and fifties cannot and should not be restored.’
    • ‘Alone among the great monotheistic faiths, Catholicism is a lover rather than a breaker of icons.’
    • ‘A lot of the traditions carried out in her youth revolved around Catholicism and the Church.’
    • ‘Yet Catholicism has never condemned all participation in war as morally impermissible.’
    • ‘Nowadays it is not so easy to know who is a Catholic, or what one understands by Catholicism.’
    • ‘The strength of Polish Catholicism derived from the church's role as one of the main sources of national identity.’
    • ‘In preconciliar Catholicism, such questions would be dismissed quickly and easily.’
    • ‘Moore's preoccupation with faith and with religion, particularly with Catholicism, is a salient feature of his work.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that the shift from the use of Latin to the vernacular was a momentous event in Catholicism.’
    • ‘You seem to be confusing being raised as a Catholic with actually practicing Catholicism, mate.’
    • ‘Families, not bishops, carry and transmit Catholicism, in our culture as any culture.’
    • ‘Obviously Brian felt strongly enough about his Catholicism to insist on a church wedding.’
    • ‘The Catholicism practiced in Venezuela very much follows the guidelines of the Roman hierarchy.’
    • ‘I think the shift can be traced to factors both external and internal to American Catholicism.’
    1. 1.1 Adherence to the forms of Christian doctrine and practice which are generally regarded as Catholic rather than Protestant or Eastern Orthodox.
      • ‘Most Londoners were Protestants and regarded Catholicism as a force for reaction.’
      • ‘His application of juridical categories to the conception of the Church permanently influenced western Catholicism.’
      • ‘She also turned to Catholicism and various Christian sects at this time in her search for truth.’
      • ‘So Shakespeare was always conscious of those tensions between Catholicism and Protestantism.’
      • ‘They expressly do not claim or desire to be Church in the way that Catholicism and Orthodoxy do.’
      • ‘This is the religious basis of the conflict between fundamental Protestantism and Catholicism.’
      • ‘But later events have proved that Protestantism is no more a safeguard of freedom than Catholicism.’
      • ‘The difference between Catholicism and Orthodoxy is depicted in iconography, he said.’
      • ‘His love of Catholicism and hatred of Protestantism may have clouded his decisions.’
      • ‘Christianity, including both Catholicism and Protestantism, has become a major religion.’
      • ‘This is a mystical Catholicism that sits well with my Protestantism via William Blake.’
      • ‘Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism entered the picture among the extended family, but didn't quite make it home to Britain.’
      • ‘A clue to where the problem lies can be found in her various summaries of Lutheranism and Catholicism.’
      • ‘Indeed, the theological divide between Catholicism and Protestantism was not so clear-cut as it may appear at first sight.’
      • ‘She is a Catholic, not a Protestant, because something in Catholicism appeals to her.’
      • ‘Less resourceful persons are not more likely to leave Catholicism in favor of Protestantism.’