Receveur, Francois Joseph Xavier
Receveur, Francois Joseph Xavier a French priest and historian, was born at Longeville (Doubs) April 30,1800. Hardly had he received his orders when he was called to Paris (Oct., 1824) to fill a subordinate position in the cabinet of the minister of ecclesiastical affairs and of public instruction. From June, 1828, to June, 1829, he was head of the bureau of secretary-ship to the same minister. Afterwards appointed a teacher in the theological faculty of Paris (May 1, 1831), he became titular professor of moral philosophy March 1, 1841, and dean of the faculty Dec. 6, 1850. He had not long been relieved from these last duties when he died in his native country, May 7, 1854. The various positions which he filled permitted him to devote his labors to several important works. We have: Recherches Philosophiques sur le Fondement de la Certitude (Paris, 1821, 12mo): — Accord de la Foi avec la Raison, ou Exposition des Principes sur lesquels repose la Foi Catholique (ibid. 1830-33, 12mo): — Essai sur la Nature de l'Ane, sur l'Origine des Idees
et le Fondemenzt de la Certitude (ibid. 1834, 8vo): — Tractatus Theologicus de Justitia et Contractibus (ibid. 1835, 12mo): — Introduction i la Theologie (Besan9on, 1839, 8vo): — Histoire de l'Eglise depuis son Etablissement jusqu'au Pontificat de Gregegoire XVI (Paris, 1840-47, 8 vols. 8vo). As an editor, abbe Receveur has given a new edition of the Theologie Dogmatique et Morale of Bailly (1830), and another of the Theologie Morale of Liguori, to which he has added some notes (1833). Collector for the Nouvelle Biographie Generale, he died a short time after having contributed the articles Saint-Cyprien and Saint-Cyrille. — Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.