Binet, Francois Isidore

Binet, Francois Isidore a French theologian, was born at Niort in 1720. He was professor at the house of the Capuchins, where he was first provincial of, the province of Touraine, and then guardian of the convent of Poitiers. He frequently preached in Poitou and the surrounding provinces, where his oratorical ability gained for him a desirable reputation. He died at the close of the 17th century. He wrote, Le Missionnaire Controversiste, or Cours Entier de Controverses (Poitiers, 1686).

His nephew, ISIDORE BINET, born at Niort in 1693, also entered the Capuchin order, of which he was twice provincial. A commendable orator, he went to Rome as preacher of the chapter-general of his order. He wrote a history of his voyage to Italy, in order to refute the erroneous reports of Misson, but before his death he demanded that his MS. should be burned. He died at Poitiers in 1779. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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