Frankenberg Johann Heinrich

Frankenberg Johann Heinrich, count of Frankenberg, a cardinal of the Honman Cath. Church, was born at Glogau September 18, 1726. He studied first at Breslau, and afterwards in the GermanHungarian College at Rome. After his return to Germany he became successively coadjutor of the archbishop of Gortz in 1749, archbishop of Mecheln in 1759, soon after member of the Belgian Council of State, and cardinal in 1778. He defended the liberties of the Church and of the episcopal seminaries. against the innovations of the emperor, Joseph II, but, being accused of having taken part in some disturrbances which occurred in Brabant in 1789, the emperor deposed him. Accused afterwards of having opposed the measures taken by the French against the churches of hisn, diocese, he was condemned to deportation, and taken to Brussels. He lived for a while at Emmerich, then in the village of Ahabus, in Westphalia, and finally removed to Breda, in Holland, where he died, June 11, 1804. See A. Theiner, Der Cardinal von Frankenberg (Freiburg, 1850); Pierer, Universal-Lexikon, s.v.

 
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