Father Robert Persons

[Robert Persons]
Also known as

  • Robert Parsons

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Jesuit. Part of the English mission in 1580, which he maintained at the greatest risk. Unable to keep his printing-press in England, he transferred it to Belgium and commenced his unsuccessful work for armed intervention in behalf of the English Catholics. He was rector of the English College at Douai, France, and endeavored to reorganize the Catholic affairs of England, but in appointing Blackwell as archpriest, subject to Jesuit authority, he started a controversy which Pope Clement VIII settled to his disadvantage. His greatest work, the Christian Directory, was conceived during his English mission; his later works are controversial.

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