Newsnote: Important Document acquired concerning Vincent de Paul’s canonization

The Vincentiana Collection at DePaul University’s Archives and Special Collections has recently acquired a copy of a 1738 decree of King Louis XV of France ordering the publication of the June 1737 bull of canonization for Vincent de Paul. The Jansenist and Gallican members of the Parlement of Paris had tried to stop the publication because of the strong anti-Jansenist language used by Clement XII in the bull. After the Lazarist superior general appealed to the King on behalf of the Congregation of the Mission the king ordered Parlement to register the papal bull as law of the kingdom. For more details of this canonization controversy see my book on Henri de Maupas’ funeral oration for Vincent de Paul.