Coudrette, Christophe

Coudrette, Christophe a learned French publicist, was born at Paris in 1701, became a priest in 1725, and joined the Jesuits. He was, however, an opponent of the bull Unigenitus,' and being persecuted by the clerical party, was imprisoned in 1735 at Vincennes, and again in 1738, in the Bastile. Being noted for his opposition to the Jesuits, he was appointed in 1762 to examine their institutions and affairs. He died at Paris, August 4, 1774, leaving, among other works, Dissertation sur les Bulles Contre Baius (Utrecht, 1737, 2 volumes): — Histoire Generale de la Compagnie de Jesus (Amsterdam, 1761-67, 6 volumes). See Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten Lexikon, s.v.; Nouv. Diction. Historie; Winer, Handbuch der theol. Lit. 1:649, 722; Biog. Universelle, s.v.; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v. (B.P.)

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