Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

SPIRITUALS

Term popularly applied to several groups of the Friars Minor who were in opposition to the modifications of the original rule, notably in the practice of poverty during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. they wished to observe the rule in its primitive severity, but failed in their aim and throug the errors of their leaders were led into schism and heresy. Their misguided zeal, when finally brought under control by full submission to papal authority, helped to purify the Franciscan Order and eventually to unify the Friars Minor.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Fetal tissues and vaccinations; are you part of the problem? 0 hours ago
The mystery of conversion, always deeply rooted in Divine mercy 1 hours ago
Vatican delegations ought to avoid the rhetoric of the world. 4 hours ago
Church Fathers: St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Part II 21 hours ago
Suffering Christians July 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days