Abbé de Saint-Cyran


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Jean Duvergier de Hauranne, commendatory Abbot of Saint-Cyran from 1620, and one of the authors of Jansenism. He was a close friend of C. O. Jansen, and, attracted to St Augustine's writings, he sought to reform Catholicism on Augustinian lines, largely in the hope of defeating Protestantism with its own weapons. From 1623 he was associated with the Arnauld family and with Port-Royal; as spiritual counsellor of the convent from 1633 he came to exercise great influence.

Subjects: Christianity.

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