- Raymond Caron
Raymond Caron (Raymond Redmond) (b. at
Athlone, Ireland, in 1605; d. at Dublin, 1666) was an Irish Franciscanfriar and author.
Entering the Franciscan convent in his native town he there made his preliminary studies, after which he studied philosophy at
Drogheda. Subsequently he left Ireland and studied theology at Salzburgand at the Franciscan college at Louvain. At the latter place he was, immediately after his ordination, appointed professor of theology, and in that capacity maintained the reputation he had earned as a student.
In 1635 he published at
Antwerpa work "Roma triumphans Septicollis", in defence of Catholic doctrine.
In 1648 he was sent by the superior of his order in the Netherlands to Ireland as visitator with ample powers to correct and reform. He resided at the Franciscan convent at
Kilkenny, and plunged at once into the strife of faction then raging there. Opposing the nuncio Giovanni Battista Rinucciniand Owen Roe O'Neill, he sought to bring all to the side of James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde, and imprisoned the members of his order at Kilkenny who refused to adopt his views. This act made him so unpopular that his life was in danger, and he had to be protected by Lord Castlehavenat the head of an armed force.
During the rule of the Puritans he remained abroad, but returned to England at the Restoration of 1660, and lived there for several years. He was throughout the supporter of Ormonde and his policy and wrote two works, in defence of
Peter Walsh's "Remonstrance": "Loyalty asserted, and the late Remonstrance of the Irish Clergy and Laity confirmed and proved by the authority of Scripture, Fathers, etc." (London, 1662); and "Remonstrantia Hibernorum contra Lovanienses" (London, 1665). This conduct earned for him the character of a loyalist; but it brought on him the condemnation of his own superiors and for a time he was under ecclesiastical censure.
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