An ironic reparation

By 1757, some Roman enemies of the Jesuits like Cardinal Passionei voiced concern that the Damiens affair would rebound against the parlement of Paris and therefore in favour of the Jesuits. For by that time the capital of Catholic Christendom had become host to a nest of Italian Jansenists headed by Giovanni Gaetano Bottari, first guardian of the Vatican Library and confidant of the Cardinal Neri Corsini, in whose palace he regularly met with a group of like-minded prelates known as the Archetto. Like Passionei, Bottari had been in correspondence with French appellants since the early 1750s, in particular with the abbe Augustin-Charles Clement de Bizon, canon and treasurer of the

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