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Concerted and coordinated opposition, on principle, to the Roman Catholic Church. Its origins are lost in obscurity, but its modern development was one of the fruits of the Reformation. The rise of the modern secular state has intensified the conflict. The Catholic Church's insistence on operating her own schools and welfare institutions, and her uncompromising position on such issues as abortion and marital morality are logically opposed by those who disagree with the Church and have the power to enforce their views.