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STATISM

A theory of society that makes civil government totally independent of any religious principles. It is state secularism on the premise that religion is a purely private affair that the state may tolerate but in no way encourage, foster, and least of all allow to influence the policies of civil authority.

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

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