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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Heckerism  \Heck"er*ism\,  n.  (R.  C.  Ch.) 
  a  The  teaching  of  Isaac  Thomas  Hecker  (1819-88),  which 
  interprets  Catholicism  as  promoting  human  aspirations 
  after  liberty  and  truth,  and  as  the  religion  best  suited 
  to  the  character  and  institutions  of  the  American  people. 
  b  Improperly,  certain  views  or  principles  erroneously 
  ascribed  to  Father  Hecker  in  a  French  translation  of 
  Elliott's  Life  of  Hecker.  They  were  condemned  as 
  ``Americanism''  by  the  Pope,  in  a  letter  to  Cardinal 
  Gibbons,  January  22,  1899.