Bailles, Jacques Marie Joseph

Bailles, Jacques Marie Joseph a French prelate, was born at Toulouse, March 31, 1798. Being ordained priest in 1822, he performed successively the functions of secretary-general of the bishop of Verdun, of vicargeneral, and of superior of the Seminary of Bayonne and vicar-general of Toulouse. He was appointed bishop of Lucon by the royal ordinance of Aug. 15, 1845, and took possession of his see, Jan. 11, 1846. In 1849 M. Lanjuinais, then minister of public instruction and public worship, having sent an Israelitish professor of philosophy to the College of Napoleon-Vendee, the bishop of Lucon ordered the prohibition of the chapel of the lyceum, and the authority of the latter was maintained in that city, where Catholicism had so strong a hold. A conflict of ecclesiastical jurisdiction occurred between Bailles and the archbishop of Bordeaux concerning the conduct of a rector of the diocese of Lucon, in which the judgment of the bishop of Luqon prevailed. He published, on this occasion, a work entitled Des Sentences Episcopales. He died at Rome, Nov. 9, 1873. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

 
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