There seems to be an awful lot of confusion over this word "triumphalism" with people saying "Surely not I, Lord?" I had thought about writing a rant about this but actually it seems simple enough. I did look up the word "triumph" though and the definitions that came back were
1 a great victory or achievement
2 the processional entry of a victorious general into ancient Rome.
“There are so many Christians without the Resurrection, Christians without the Risen Christ: they accompany Jesus to the grave, they weep, they love him, but that’s it,” Francis said. As I thought about the kinds of Christians who live without the Risen Christ, three came to my mind, but there are so many more. I thought of the fearful, fearful Christians; the embarrassed, those who feel embarrassment and the triumphalists. Neither of these three types met with the Risen Christ! The fearful are the ones who like the disciples of Emmaus who leave on the morning of the Resurrection because they are scared. “
Christian “triumphalists” “do not know the meaning of the word ' triumph '” “because they have such an inferiority complex and want to do this ... When we look at these Christians, with their many triumphalist attitudes, in their lives, in their speeches and in their pastoral theology, liturgy, so many things, it is because they do not believe deep down in the Risen One. He is the Winner, the Risen One. He won. This is the message that Paul gives to us " Christ "is everything," he is totality and hope, "because he is the Bridegroom, the Winner,” Francis added. (Pope Francis' homily from Vatican Insider)