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[mass noun] The power of a bishop or cleric, especially the Pope, in secular matters:‘the pope's temporal power over the city of Rome’
- ‘Ironically, the end of actual papal temporal power seems to have laid the groundwork for a resurgence of papal influence.’
- ‘Many priests called for an end to the temporal power of the papacy.’
- ‘The Pope's orders come not from any temporal power but from the celestial realm.’
- ‘The boundaries of the papacy's temporal power have shifted over the centuries.’
- ‘The church perceived the Jews as the great beneficiaries of the loss of temporal power in the papal states.’
- ‘Clerics control the people and theocracy thrives in partnership with temporal power.’
- ‘The traditional structure of the Catholic Church and its temporal power had ceased to exist.’
- ‘The papacy became more insistent on retaining temporal power over the papal states.’
- ‘Although this power was absolute, it was still a temporal power that could be taken back if that power was abused.’
- ‘Shia clerics had avoided temporal power and co-operated with existing leaders.’
- ‘His plan was to establish a temporal power base throughout Italy and beyond.’
- ‘It will be impossible for the institutional church to restore its spiritual credibility without separating itself from temporal power.’
- ‘Rather than redefining the church's temporal power, he inadvertently ended up undermining it.’
- ‘This event rallied the world against the continued temporal power of the pope.’
- ‘The temporal power of the pope was suspended.’
- ‘The Pope gained temporal power and dominion.’
- ‘The group opposed the temporal power of the pope.’
- ‘The King delegated much of his temporal power to a brother, while retaining the spiritual authority.’
- ‘The unified Italian State destroyed the temporal power of the papacy.’
- ‘No temporal power is worthy of the veneration that must be reserved for God alone.’
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