A fascinating article! I suppose, by the definition used here, that I am an ultramontanist as well. However, as the author points out, the term used to define him can be confusing. The Ultramontanes of the 19th century like Veuillot, whom he mentions, championed an expansion of Papal power. They looked to the 'man over the mountains', the Pope, for guidance against the tendencies toward national 'churches.
Now, of course, those who agree with the Ultramontanes of the 19th century, are fighting Francis's obvious model of remaking the Church of Christ into a loose confederation of national churches with variations of doctrine and discipline.
I often compare Francis's plan to the dying Anglican 'Communion', which so far from being a 'Communion' has reached the point that Provinces and Dioceses have 'excommunicated' other Provinces and Dioceses!
In fact, I am currently read Veuillot's The Liberal Illusion, a scathing denunciation of liberal 'Catholicism'. As I was reading it, I thought about how he might react to a liberal Pope.
Remember, Blessed Pope Pius IX said, 'Liberal Catholics are the worst enemies of the Church', and 'If a future Pope teaches anything contrary to the Catholic Faith, do not follow him'. Veuillot would have agreed completely. I wonder what he would do today, in the horrifying Pontificate we're suffering under?
From the Catholic Herald