Cahenslyism Ca*hens"ly*ism, n. (R. C. Ch.) A plan proposed to the Pope in 1891 by P. P. Cahensly, a member of the German parliament, to divide the foreign-born population of the United States, for ecclesiastical purposes, according to European nationalities, and to appoint bishops and priests of like race and speaking the same language as the majority of the members of a diocese or congregation. This plan was successfully opposed by the American party in the Church. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] ||

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  • cahenslyism — kəˈhenzlēˌizəm, n(t)sl noun ( s) Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Peter P. Cahensly fl 1891 German parliamentarian who proposed the plan + English ism : a movement to divide the foreign born Roman Catholic population of the United States for …   Useful english dictionary

  • Peter Cahensly — Peter Paul Cahensly (1838 1923), a merchant in Limburg an der Lahn, was a member of the German Reichstag and a wealthy Catholic layman. In 1866, claiming that many German immigrants were leaving the Catholic Church in America, he suggested to the …   Wikipedia

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