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Neither Angel nor Beast by Francis X.J. Coleman

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THE WILES OF THE CASUISTS

Persecution of Port-Royal and the Jansenists began to mount in February 1656. Dr Sainte-Beuve, an Augustinian scholar, was expelled from the Sorbonne on 26 February. On 15 March Arnauld d’Andilly received an order from the Court to leave Port-Royal along with the other ‘Solitaires’ Evacuation of the Granges de Port-Royal began on 20 March. A week later Pascal’s ‘Fifth Letter’ appeared, dated 20 March; it is an attack on casuistry in general, and the Spanish theologian Escobar in particular. During the twenty-four days between the ‘Fourth Letter’ and the fifth Pascal had read with incredulity and indignation a book by Antonio Escobar y Mendoza, SJ, entitled Liber theologiae moralis vigenti quatuor societatis Jesu doctoribus ...

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