John Constable (Jesuit)
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Constable's chief controversial opponents were:
- the Abbé Courayer (1681–1776) who championed Anglican orders, came over to England in 1728, was lionized, and eventually buried in the cloisters of Westminster; and
- Charles Dodd, a pseudonym of Hugh Tootell, who wrote, Constable maintained, with a prejudice against Jesuits.
The chief writings of Constable are:
- "Remarks on Courayer's Book in Defense of English Ordinations, wherein their invalidity is fully proved", an answer to Courayer's "Dissertations" of 1723;
- "The Stratagem Discovered to show that Courayer writes 'Booty', and is only a sham defender of these ordinations", by "Clerophilus Alethes" (8vo, 1729), against Joseph Trapp, The Church of England Defended Against the Calumnies and False Reasoning of the Church of Rome (1727):
- "Doctrine of Antiquity concerning the Eucharist" by "Clerophilus Alethes" (8vo, 1736);
- "Specimen of Amendments proposed to the Compiler of 'The Church History of England'", by "Clerophilus Alethes" (12mo, 1741);
- "Advice to the Author of 'The Church History of England'", manuscript at Stonyhurst.
Joseph Gillow enumerates a few other writings by Constable.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "John Constable". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton. The entry cites:
- Oliver, Collectanea S.J., 73;
- Henry Foley, Records S.J., III, 207; VII (i), 159;
- Sommervogel, Bibliothèque de la C. de J., II col. 1374;
- Joseph Gillow, Dict. of Eng. Cath., I, 552, sqq.;
- Thompson Cooper (1887). "Constable, John (1676?-1744)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 12. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 36.