Giovanni Giacinto Achilli


Apostate priest. He was suspended by ecclesiastical authorities for immorality, and later imprisoned by the pontifical government for revolutionary agitation. He gave anti-Catholic lectures in London, England; exposed by Venerable John Henry Newman, he brought a libel action in 1852, in which Newman was fined £100, owing to the anti-Catholic prejudices of the judges. Achilli afterwards became utterly discredited, and the incident caused a revulsion in favor of Newman.



  • 1860
  • may have commited suicide

MLA Citation

  • “Giovanni Giacinto Achilli”. New Catholic Dictionary. 24 November 2012. Web. 27 February 2015. <>