Genet Francois

Genet Francois, a French prelate, was born at Avignon October 16, 1640. He became canon and theologian of the cathedral of Avignon, and in 1685 bishop of Vaison. Implicated in the affair of the Daughters of Childhood of Toulouse, whom he had received in his diocese, and who were held to be Jansenists, he was arrested in 1688, and imprisoned for fifteen months. The pope finally persuaded Louis XIV to restore Genet to his diocese. He was drowned in 1702, while on his way from Avignon to Vaison. He is the author of Thiologie Morale, which was disapproved by the bishops, and condemned by the University of Louvain, March 10, 1703. The best edition is that of 1715 (8 volumes, 12mo): it was reprinted at Rouen in 1749. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 19:873.

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