temporal power


Temporal power was formerly exercised by the Pope as king of the states of the Church.

The Popes have not ceased to declare, that the preservation of their temporal independence is necessary, as human affairs are constituted, to the free and full exercise of their spiritual authority.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “temporal power”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 November 2019. Web. 27 February 2021. <>