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already condemned were revived, and the heretical tenets of Jansenius defended ; and for this offence he was banished from Paris into the province of Bretagne. Forty doctors of the Sorbonne, whose names appeared among the signatures of approbation that accompanied the Case, were desired to submit to the will of the pontiff; and many of them recanted, while others denied that they had given assent to the book. For the more effectual repression of Jansenism, a new apostolical constitution was issued in 1705, condemning such errors with menaces of papal indignation. The archbishop of Sebaste, vicar of the holy see in Holland, was removed from his em. ployment for a supposed collusion with the Jansenists ; and these sectaries were again subjected to ecclesiastical censure in 1708, when the pope condemned the Moral Reflexions of their celebrated associate, Quesnel, upon the New Testament. This theologian answered the damnatory bull with a spirit which inflamed the contest. The partisans of Rome called for a new and more explicit condemnation of the Reflexions; and the king of France, prejudiced against a sect which the Jesuits represented as even more dangerous to the church than that of the Huguenots, earnestly solicited the promulgation of a rigorous edict. Hence arose that decree which was addressed to the whole catholic world, but which more particularly demanded the attention and observance of the Gal. lican church.
The Anti-Jansenist ordinance, as it commenced with the terms Unigenitus Dei Filius, was quickly known throughout Christendom by the appellation of the bull Unigenitus. Alleging and lamenting the inefficacy of the former condemnation of Quesnel's book, the pontiff was determined, he said, to apply a stronger remedy to the growing disease. Some
Guarnacci, Vit. Pontif. et Cardin, tom. ii. p. 11, 18, 19.Histoire de France, sous le Regne de Louis XIV. par M. de Larrey, tom. iii.--This bull made its appearance on the 8th of September, 1713, N. S.
catholic truths, he allowed, were mingled with the mass of corrupt doctrine : but, as the insidious and seductive manner in which the errors were brought forward, had occasioned a neglect of the sourd portion of the work, it was necessary to separate the tares from the wheat. He and his counsellors, therefore, had extracted a hundred and one propositions from the book; and these he now condemned as false, captious, scandalous, pernicious, rash, seditious, impious, blasphemous, schismatic, and heretical. Not content with censuring these passages, he subjoined a prohibition of the whole performance, and cautioned the people, on pain of excommunication, against the perusal of any vindication or defence of it, which had been, or might be, offered to the public.
This bull, perhaps, the good sense of Clement would have forborne to promulgate, if the zeal of the bigoted and domineering Louis had not overawed or perverted the pontiff; though it may with equal plausibility be supposed, that the pope's zeal was sufficient for the object, without any solicitation whatever. The Jansenists, persecuted by that in. tolerant prince for disregarding the new papal constitution, expected less rigorous treatment when Philip duke of Orleans became regent of France. The cardinal de Noailles, who had warmly supported their cause, was introduced into the cabinet : those who had been banished were recalled : the resolutions which the Sorbonne had adopted in favor of the bull, were annulled, as the effect of constraint; and the conduct of the court of Rome was publicly and acrimoniously condemned. The pope remonstrated against these proceedings, and urged the propriety of submitting to the holy see: but the Jansenists called for a general council, calculated to heal the disorders of the church. The Jesuits denied the necessity of such a convocation, and complained of the arrogance of the demand. The regent at length began to listen to the persuasions of the bigoted party,
and menaced the opposers of the bull with his resentment. He banished M. Ravechet, syndic of the Sorbonne, into Roussillon; but he would not consent to the deposition of that resolute academic, who died in the midst of these disputes. An assembly of prelates, convoked by Philip, in vain endeavoured to reconcile the parties; and twenty commissioners, nominated for the same purpose, were not more successful in their exertions. The parliament of Paris took cognisance of the affair, in consequence of an appeal from some priests whom the archbishop of Rheims had excommunicated for their opposition to the will of his holiness. The spiritual sentence was declared null and void, and the prelate who had pronounced it was condemned in costs and damages. The Jansenists now became more bold in their attacks, until the regent, alleging the inutility of these disputes, imposed silence by a royal declaration 8.
An edict which confounded the advocates of truth and of sound doctrine with misguided zealots, displeased both parties. The pope accused the regent of insincerity and injustice, and of enmity to that church which he was bound to protect. To the cardinal de Noailles he sent a letter, mingling expostulation with entreaty, which did not subdue the firmness of that prelate. The cardinal's appeal from the bull or “constitution of the holy father to the pope
better advised, and to a future general council,” was condemned by the court of inquisition at Rome as a scandalous libel; and its circulation and perusal were strictly prohibited. A papal brief afterwards appeared , commanding all Christians throughout the world to withhold their favor and regard from the opposers of the constitution, and threatening these unworthy sons of the church, in case of prolonged contumacy, with a forfeiture of all ecclesiastical privi
8 October 7, 1717, N. S.-Guarnacci, Vit. Pontificum et Cardin. tom. ii. p. 21, 22.
Dated August 28, 1718.
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of the contest, the pope's adfirwari, nai secesitatis added their party; and the Jansenist more conciliatory tone.
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of the clergy disapproved the exbeing almost equally objectionable self; and, on the other hand, the chief hat act or decree insisted on an absoserved submission to its obvious import.
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pope ultimately prevailed in the contest. ent resolved to gratify the majority of the
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al edict, after it had been for seven years an T of dispute.
It was ordained, that the tution Unigenitus, received by the bishops, d be observed by all orders of people in the ich dominions; that no university or incorpora
society, and no individual of any description atever, should speak, write, maintain or teach, 'ectly or indirectly, any thing repugnant to the dinance, or to the explanations given of it by the ignitaries of the Gallican church; that all appeals and proceedings against it should be deemed void ; and that the courts of parliament, and all judges,
sufficient for the
August 4, 1720.
should assist the prelates in the execution of spiritual censures.
The parliament of Paris at first refused to register this decree, which, said some of its members, not only derogated from the dignity of the crown, but militated against the rights of the subject, and the liberties of the Gallican church; but it was confirmed by the great council, and promulgated as an operative law. Even the cardinal de Noailles at length acquiesced in it; and a parliamentary registration was procured by menaces of removal or of exile *.
The exertions of the cardinal Du-Bois were of signal service in subduing the spirit of the principal Jansenists, and, after the registration of the edict, he made occasional use of lettres de cachet against refractory individuals, and revived the oath introduced by Louis XIV. which all candidates for holy orders, and for academical degrees, were obliged to take, importing that the five propositions of Jansenius, respecting grace and free-will, were justly condemned.
Clement was highly pleased at this accommodation; but his joy was allayed by the consideration of his declining health. He died in the spring of the following year, at the age of seventy-one years, during twenty of which he had occupied the pontifical throne. His catholic biographer ascribes to him an acute understanding and a tenacious memory, an unwearied zeal in the pursuit of learning, a firmness of mind united with benevolence of disposition and courtesy of manners, and a freedom from anger and resentment': but this writer is evidently partial to him. We admit that he was a man of considerable merit; but he sometimes evinced the narrowness of bigotry, was not always so grateful for services as he ought to have been, and cherished in particular instances a spirit of revenge.
k Memoires de la Regence. Guarpacci, Vit. Pontificum et Cardinalium, tom. ii. p. 36.