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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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A Quest for Peace in the Church: The Abbé A. J. C. Clément's Journey to Rome of 1758

A Quest for Peace in the Church: The Abbé A. J. C. Clément's Journey to Rome of 1758

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(p.103) 5 A Quest for Peace in the Church: The Abbé A. J. C. Clément's Journey to Rome of 1758
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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914
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John Rogister

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.003.0006

In 1758 the Abbe Augustin-Jean-Charles Clement, treasurer and canon of the cathedral of Auxerre, set out on the first of two journeys to Rome with the aim of inducing the papacy to bring lasting peace to the Gallican Church, torn by the disputes over the Bull Unigenitus, by means of a restatement of the fundamental doctrines of the Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XIV died on the eve of the abbe's departure, but, although this event constituted a set-back, Clement nevertheless left for Rome in the hope that the circumstances surrounding the election of a new pope would advance the cause to which he was prepared to devote energy, time, and money. Clement's unofficial mission of 1758 did not have its desired effect, despite the discreet support which it received from certain official circles and from the influential contacts which he had made in Italy.

Keywords:   Abbe Augustin-Jean-Charles Clement, papacy, Rome, Catholic Church, peace mission, clergy

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