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Canonist, born 1633, at Padua; died 1717. He was of English descent, and the name is variously written CLERICATUS, CHERICATO, CHERICATI, and CHIERICATO, probably from CLARK, the original family name. The charity of a pious woman made it possible for him to satisfy his strong inclination for study; and, being raised to the priesthood he came to be considered one of the ablest men of his time in matters of ecclesiastical jurisprudence. Cardinal Barbarigo, whose life he afterwards wrote, made him Vicar-General of the Diocese of Padua. He wrote many works on civil and canon law; his "Decisiones Sacramentales" was published in 1727, and in 1757 in three volumes, and merited the encomiums of Benedict XIV (notific. 32, n. 6). His name is held in honour in Italian ecclesiastical literature.
MORÉRI, Gr. Dict. Hist. (Paris, 1759); SBERTI, Memorie (Padua, 1790); TIRABOSCHI, Storia della Lett. Ital. (Milan, 1825).
APA citation. (1908). Giovanni Clericato. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04050a.htm
MLA citation. "Giovanni Clericato." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 4. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1908. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04050a.htm>.
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