Jacques Bonne-Gigault de Bellefonds

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Jacques Bonne-Gigault de Bellefonds

Jacques Bonne-Gigault de Bellefonds (1698–1746) was a French prelate who was Archbishop of Arles from 1741 to 1746.

Biography[edit]

Jacques Bonne-Gigault de Bellefonds was born at the Château de Montifray, near Beaumont-la-Ronce, on May 1, 1698.

He was appointed Bishop of Bayonne on October 8, 1735. Pope Clement XII confirmed this appointment on February 27, 1736 and Cardinal Melchior de Polignac, Archbishop of Auch, consecrated Jacques Bonne-Gigault de Bellefonds as a bishop on March 25, 1736. On August 20, 1741, he was appointed Archbishop of Arles, with Pope Benedict XIV confirming the appointment on December 20, 1741.

Jacques Bonne-Gigault de Bellefonds was appointed Archbishop of Paris on March 4, 1746, with Benedict XIV confirming the appointment on May 2, 1746. He died in Paris of smallpox only months after becoming Archbishop, on July 20, 1746.

His career was marked by his opposition to Jansenism within the Catholic Church in France. Shortly before his death from smallpox, he had denounced the Pensées philosophiques (fr) of Denis Diderot.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Charles-Gaspard-Guillaume de Vintimille du Luc
Archbishop of Paris
1746
Succeeded by
Christophe de Beaumont