from the Society. This necessary withdrawal was a great disappointment to Bouix, who to the end of
his hfe maintained the most cordial relations witli his former brethren in religion, and received from them many evidences of a reciprocal regard. Father Roothan, General of the Jesuits, created him Doctor of Theology in 1S51, in virtue of a power delegated by the Holy See to Jesuit generals; and Bouix's work,"Du Concile Provincial", published in 1850, was dedicated to meml:)ers of the order with whom he had previously been associated in scholastic work. The first two years of his life as a secular priest were spent in a curacy at the church of Saint Vincent de Paul, in Paris. Here he interested himself especially in the soldiers garrisoned at the capital, and founded in their behalf the Society of Saint Maurice, which later spread tliroughout France. In 1847 he was named to a chaplaincy, and became editor of the "Voix de la Verity", to which he had already been a frequent contributor. In spite of the fact that all self-seeking was entirely foreign to his character, he now became a prominent figure in the political and ecclesiastical life of Paris and was a member of the educational commission with Montalembert and Monsignor Parisis. General Cavaignac, who aspired to the presidency of the republic, thought it wise to endeavour to enlist the sympathies of Bouix. It was at this time, in 1848, that his first book ap- peared, combating an heretical organization known as the CEuvre de la Mis^ricorde. In 1849 his zeal impelled him to abandon for a time all other pursuits to minister to the victims of the cholera, which was then epidemic in Paris. Vp to this time he had stood high in the favour of the ecclesiastical au- thorities of the diocese, but now an event occurred which was destined to affect seriously his ecclesias- tical status and to give a new direction to his life work. Monsignor Fornari, the Nuncio at Paris, desiring to further the restoration of provincial councils, held a conference with Bouix and the BoUandist Van Hecke, at which it was decided that the best means of influencing public opinion aright would be the preparation of a book explaining the law of the Church on provincial councils. Bouix was charged with this important work, and first published in the "Univers" foiu- articles, setting forth the salient features of the question and pre- paring the public for the complete treatise, "Du Concile Provincial", which appeared in 1850. A fifth article in the "Univers", simply reaffirming the canon law on synods and combating therefore, in the judgment of some, the tendencies of Gallican- ism, was followed immediately by the loss of his chaplaincy. This event determined him to devote his life to dispelling the prejudices and errors which he believed had largely infected the clergy of France in regard to matters of law and discipline. To equip himself for this work he turned his steps towards Rome, where, with no other means of support than the stipend of his daily Mass, he passed the next four years (1851-55) in study and in the preparation of the several works on canonical topics. In 1854, the degree of Doctor of Both Laws was conferred upon him by order of Pius IX. Returning to Paris in 1855, he continued his studies, and added to the series of treatises which estaiilished his fame as a canonist. To furtlier the great purpose to which he had consecrated his life, he founded at Arras, in 1860, the "Revue des sciences ecclfeiastiques", of which he w-as for one year the editor, and in which during the next nine years many important articles appeared from his pen. In 18G4, just as his anti- Gallican opinions were about to subject him to new rigours at the hands of Monseigneur Darboy, Boui.x was named Vicar-General of the Diocese of Versailles, a sufficient commentary on the division of opinion in the French episcopate as to the character of his
teaching. The next year, when the royal exequatur came up for discussion in the French Senate, and Archbishop Darboy advocated there the Galilean view, Bouix answered with a publication which con- tested the correctness of the archbishop's contentions. The wonderful activity of his pen continued until 1870. Then, when he was broken by labour and disease and was really too weak to undertake a long journey, he went to the Vatican Council as theologian of the Bishop of Montauban, and was able to witness what appeared to him a signal triumph of the principles to which his life had been devoted. He returned witli difficulty to France, where with undaunted spirit he endeavoured to complete a work on the Church, which he had already planned. It was while engaged on this work that death overtook him at Montech, in a religious house of which liis sister was superior. His life was a long battle with Gallicanisni, but always remained singularly free from bitterness and discontent, in spite of the diffi- culties by which he was beset and the atmosphere of combat which his zeal forced him to breathe. As to his reputation as a canonist, while all must acknowledge liis wonderful productivity and his higli purpose, and while he has been justly called the re- storer of the science of canon law in France, it must nevertheless be said that he falls short of being a great canonist; he is too often a compiler rather than a genuine author, and lie too frequently betrays a lack of that juridical sense which conies more from practice than from theory, and which begets the ability to pronounce justly on the lawfulness and unlawfulness of existing practices. However, the value of his works cannot be questioned, and is proved by the general favour which they still enjoy. Be- sides many articles, contributed to newspapers and reviews, especially to the "Revue des sciences eccMsiastiques", we owe to the pen of Bouix the following works: "Du concile provincial" (published also in Latin translation, De Concilio Provincial!); "Tractatus de Principiis Juris Canonici"; "Tractatus de Capitulis"; "Tractatus de Jure Liturgico"; "Tractatus de Judiciis Ecclesiasticis", 2 vols.; "Tractatus de Parocho"; "Tractatus de Jure Regu- larium", 2 vols, (an abridged translation of which appeared in German); "Tractatus de Episcopo", 2 vols.; "Tractatus de Curia Romana"; "Tractatus de Papa", 3 vols.; "La verite sur I'assembl^e de 1682"; "Le pr6tendu droit d 'exequatur"; "La v6rit6 sur la faculty de th^ologie de Paris, de 1663 a 1682"; "L'Q^uvre de la misfricorde"; "Medita- tions pour tons les jours de I'ann^e", 4 vols.; " Le solitaire des rochers"; "Histoire des vingt-six martyrs de Japon," 2 vols. Several of his works were honoured with pontifical letters of commendation, and most of his canonical treatises have gone through tliree editions. |
HuRTER, Nomenclator Literarius, III, 1424; ScHri.TE, Geschiehte der Qurllen. III. 669: Wernz. Jus Decrelalium, I 454; Rerue des Sciences Ecclisiasliques, XXII, 193, XXIII, 129
John T. Creagh.
M.A^RCEL, author, editor, and translator, brother ol Marie Dominique Bouix, was born at Bagneres-t'e Bigorre, France, 25 June, 1806; d. at Paris, 28 De cember, 1889. He entered the Society of Jesus ai the age of nineteen and taught in the colleges o the Society in Spain and Switzerland. He spen' some years of his life in the exercise of the sacree ministry, but the work to which he devoted hira self for nearly forty years was the translation, re vision, and publication of new editions of the grea' spiritual writers. These he enriched with introduc tions, commentaries, and historical notes of grea value. His various editions of the life and works o St. Teresa, to the study and translation of whicl he gave sixteen years of his life, from 1848 to 1864 caused a remarkable revival of interest in tb