Rene Francois Rohrbacher

Church historian. Born in 1789 in Langatte, France; died in 1856 in Paris, France. He was ordained in 1812, and after doing parish work for a while at Luneville, he joined the Congregation of Saint Peter founded by the brothers De Lamennais, and for eight years directed the theological and philosophical studies of the postulants. After De Lamennais's condemnation, he became Professor of Church History at the Nancy Seminary and then retired to Paris. His chief work is his monumental Histoire Universelle de l'Eglise Catholique in 29 volumes, continued by Chantrel and Guillaume. Though somewhat uncritical and devoid of literary merit, it dealt a heavy blow to Gallicanism, and is stll very valuable.

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