Ultramontane Portal

Ultramontane Portal
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the term “ultramontanism” is “a term used to denote integral and active Catholicism, because it recognizes as its spiritual head the pope….”

Ultramontanism has its historical roots in the Middle Ages and became popular in the nineteenth century with leading figures such as Blessed Pius IX, St. Anthony Mary Claret, and the Rev. Henry Edward Cardinal Manning.

The distortion of the meaning of ultramontanism corresponds neither to historical truth nor the current situation and, perhaps unwittingly, runs counter to traditional Church doctrine on the papacy. As Dr. Taylor Patrick O’Neill rightly observed, “the use of the term [ultramontanism] in this way is dangerous for two reasons: it disassociates the term from its historical significance, thus changing its definition, and it threatens to fundamentally alter our regard for papal authority.”

Down below, you will find linked several articles we have published regarding the ultramontane movement.


One Cannot Destroy the Papacy to Save the Church: True Ultramontanism and the Right to Resist

Friendly Considerations On Ultramontanism and the ‘Spirit of Vatican I’

Liberal Catholics: “The Sole Rule of Salvation Is to be With the Living Pope” (as Long as He is a Liberal…)

Modernism, Not Ultramontanism, Is the “Synthesis of All Heresies”

Traditional Anti-Ultramontanists Miss the Target

Against Traditionalist Neo-Gallicanism

English Ultramontane Movement:

How the Ultramontane Movement Led to the Resurgence of Catholicism in England

Nineteenth Century Salons Were the “Greenhouses” Where British Catholicism and the Ultramontanes Germinated and Flourished

“High Church Anglicanism” Became an Accidental Path to the One True Church and Ultramontanism

The Enticement of the Middle Way: John Henry Newman’s Failed Attempt to Reconcile Anglicanism with Catholicism

“We Are Inferior to Them in Everything But for Possessing the True Faith”

An English Bishop Plants Ultramontane Seeds in British Soil and Becomes a Curia Cardinal

How Cardinal Wiseman Inspired and Led the Reestablishment of the English Hierarchy

How Rev. Henry Manning Changed from an Anti-Papist to a Fearless Defender of the Papacy

How Catholic Communities Overcame Fierce Protestant Opposition in Nineteenth-Century England

Archbishop Wiseman’s Battles to Provide Education for English Catholics

How John Henry Newman and Other Liberal Catholics Undermined Cardinal Wiseman’s Good Work

Overruling Liberal Objections, Pope Pius IX Appoints Father Manning as Archbishop of Westminster

How Lord Acton’s Liberal Views Create Rifts with Fathers Manning and Newman

Under Father Manning’s Leadership, English Ultramontanes Flourish Despite John Acton’s Promotion of Liberal Doctrines

Influencing the Next Generation: Manning and Newman Clash About Sending Catholic Students to Protestant Universities

Before Vatican I, Liberal Catholics in England Campaign Against the Doctrine of Papal Infallibility

Despite Liberal Attacks, Archbishop Manning Guides English Catholics to Accept the Papal Infallibility

How Prime Minister Gladstone Led the Attempt to Extinguish the Emerging Ultramontane Spirit in England

All England Applauded the Elevation of Archbishop Henry Manning to the College of Cardinals