Piales, Jean Jacques
Piales, Jean Jacques a French canonist, was born in 1720 at Mur-de-Barrez (Aveyron). Being received as a lawyer in the Parliament of Paris (1747), he formed a connection with Claude Mey, one of the supporters of Jansenism, and both gave a great number of consultations and took a very active part in the affairs of the appellants. While one treated of the great questions of public law and jurisdiction, the other gave himself entirely to practice relating to benefices. Although Piales lost his sight in 1763, he lost nothing of his zeal for the cause which he maintained, and M. Dupin says, "There is no counsellor in the world who dictated more consultations." He died in Paris August 4, 1789. Unforeseen changes in ecclesiastical matters have rendered. his works useless; they are, Traite de la Collation des Benefices (Par. 1754 and 1755, 5 volumes, 12mo): — De la Provision de la Cour de Rome a litre de Prevention (2 volumes, 12mo): — De la Devolution, du Decolu et des Vacances de plein Droit (3 vols. 12mo): — De l'Expectative des Gradues (1758, 6 volumes, 12mo): — Des Commnendes et des Reserves (3 vols. 12mo): — Des Riparations et Reconstructions des Eglises (Par. 1762, 4 volumes, 12mo; 1788; 5 volumes, 12mo, ed. given by Camus). The first volume (the only one which appeared) of the Histoire de la Fete de la Conception is attributed to Piales. See Journal Chretien (1758 and 1759); Camus et Dupin, Biblioth. choisie des Livres de Droit;. Picot, Memoires Eccles. tom. 4; Feller, Dict. Hist. Feller, Nouv. Biog. Generale 40:32.