Broglie, Maurice Jean de

(1766-1821) Bishop of Ghent, born Paris; died there. Son of Marshal Victor Frangois, Duke de Broglie, in 1803 he supported Napoleon who nominated him to the See of Acqui, Italy, and later to Ghent (1807). Later, however, for his vigorous opposition to Napoleon's plans against the pope and clergy at the Council of Paris, 1811, he was imprisoned, exiled, and deported. His resignation of his see, signed under compulsion, was not accepted by the pope. After Napoleon's downfall, he defended Catholic principles against King William of Holland, a Protestant, who imposed on Belgium a constitution that deprived the Catholics of all their civil rights. In 1817 he was forced to flee to France, where until his death, he continued to work for his Belgian fiock.

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