Belloy, Jean Baptiste De

Belloy, Jean Baptiste De cardinal-archbishop of Paris, was born October 9th, 1709, at Morangles, near Senlis. He entered the Church at an early age, was made archdeacon of Beauvais, and in 1751 became bishop of Glandeves. He was deputed to the Assembly of the clergy in 1755, where he sided with the moderate prelates, or Feuillants, as they were called, from their leader, the Cardinal de la Rochefoucault, who was minister de la feuille des benefices. The opposite party were called Theatines, from the old bishop of Mirepoix, who belonged to that order. M. Belloy was afterward made bishop of Marseilles, which diocese he governed for forty-five years. The revolution drove him into retirement at Chambly, near his native place, where he lived till 1802, when he was made archbishop of Paris, and in the following year he was created cardinal. He died June 10th, 1808, and Napoleon, who permitted his burial in the vault of his predecessors by a special privilege, desired that a monument should be erected "to testify the singular consideration which he had for his episcopal virtues." Biog. Univ. tom. 4, p. 128; Landon, Eccles. Dictionary, S. V.

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