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[AMERICA] Riflessioni di un Portoghese  Sopra il Memoriale presentato da' PP. Gesuiti all Santità di PP. Clemente XIII. Felicemente Regnante. Esposte in una Lettera ad un Amico di Roma Lisbon, 1758
100 pp. sm.8vo, contemporary vellum, leather label on spine,
Not in Palau or Sabin. With the succession of Pope Clement XIII to the pontificate in July 1758, there came a crisis about the ministry of the Jesuits in Europe and the Americas. His predecessor Benedict XIV an anti-Jesuit, had requested an investigation into the conduct of the Jesuits in Portugal and their colonies. This was underlined by the Bourbon Catholic claims of illegal trading and the incitements of riots in Paraguay. Clement was a weak Pope relying heavily on his pro-Jesuit secretary of state. He felt it was necessary to uphold the rights of the holy see, but the Marquis de Pombal, a poweful minister in Portugal, squestered the Jesuits assets and had them transported to Rome. By 1764 the Society had been abolished in France by Royal decree. In 1767 the Jesuits were expelled from Spain and her colonies and later in the same year from Naples and Sicily.

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