Dominique de La Rochefoucauld

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Cardinal Dominique de La Rochefoucauld

Dominique de La Rochefoucauld (Saint-Ilpize, Haute-Loire, 26 September 1712 – Münster, Germany, 23 September 1800) was a French abbot, bishop, archbishop, and Cardinal.[1]

Life[edit]

Before the French Revolution[edit]

He was from an impoverished branch of the La Rochefoucauld family. He became archbishop of Albi in 1747, and archbishop of Rouen in 1759.

Under the Revolution[edit]

The clergy of Rouen sent him as their deputy to the États généraux of 1789. As President of the chamber of clergy, he refused its union with the Third Estate. He had to submit, given a direct order from Louis XVI. In protest he submitted a list of clerical rights.

He led a fierce opposition to the Constitution, and signed the protest of 12 September 1791. After 10 August 1792 he went into exile, in Germany from 1794.

He joined the Société des amis des noirs.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ From 1778.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Frédéric Jérôme de La Rochefoucauld
Abbot of Cluny
1757-1790
Succeeded by
Abolished