Felix Antoine Philibert Dupanloup

Bishop of Orleans, born Saint Felix, Savoie, France, 1802; died Lacombe, Isére, 1878. He was an illegitimate child whose mother sought to lessen his disgrace by providing him with an excellent education. As curate at the Madeleine he inaugurated successful catechetical works. On being transferred to Saint Roch, he won a reputation as a pulpit orator, and as director and superior of the preparatory seminary there, where he completely transformed that institution. In 1844 he inaugurated with Montalembert and De Ravignan the long struggle for liberty of education. Canon of Notre Dame in 1848 he was made Bishop of Orleans in the following year and during the 28 years of his episcopate showed remarkable activity. At the Vatican Council he was the leader of the minority which considered the definition of the dogma of infallibility inopportune, but once it was defined he made unreserved submission. He was the author of a number of important works on catechetical and historical subjects.

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