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POPE. The chief of the catholic religion is so called. He is a temporal prince. He is elected by certain officers called cardinals, and remains in power during life. In the 9th Collation of the Authentics it is declared the bishop of Rome hath the first place of sitting in all assemblies, and the bishop of Constantinople the second. Ridley's View, part 1, chap. 3, sect. 10.
     2. The pope has no political authority in the United States.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In this dynamics of the crisis of religious subject in the modern period, the ecclesiastic orientations in the politics of the Holy See towards the Orient Churches (1859-1918) deserves a special interest, because the popedom's schedule without precedent in the history of papacy brought new hopes for Catholics and stimulated the Orthodox to unify with Rome.
It would be still more extraordinary if he should give up his Popedom for our Presidency.
But her gangrene is contracting, the sound flesh advancing on it, and all there will be well." (63) Jefferson praised Connecticut's democratic advances, including its abolition of the Congregational Church's special privileges in 1817-1818 disestablishing "popedom." At the same time, he ingratiatingly saluted "our ancient sister state of Massachusetts, once venerated and beloved, and still hanging on our hopes, for what need we despair of after the resurrection of Connecticut to light and liberality." (64)