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Dear Catholic.com visitor: Summer is here, and you may be thinking about a well-deserved vacation, family get-togethers, BBQs with neighborhood friends. More than likely, making a donation to Catholic Answers is not on your radar right now. But this is exactly the time we most need your help. The “summer slowdown” in donations is upon us, but the work of spreading the gospel and explaining and defending the Faith never takes a break. Your gift today will change lives and save souls for Christ this summer! The reward is eternal. Thank you and God bless.

John Spenser

Convert, Jesuit, b. in Lincolnshire, 1601; d. at Grafton, 1671

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Spenser, JOHN (alias HATCLIFFE and TYRRWHIT), b. in Lincolnshire, 1601; d. at Grafton, 1671. He was converted while a student at Cambridge, and entered the Society of Jesus in 1627. After having professed moral theology at Liege, 1642, and also having served the arduous “Camp Mission”, he returned to England and partook, Whitsuntide, 1657, in a conference, much spoken of at the time, with two Anglican divines, Dr. Peter Gunning and Dr. John Pearson, afterward Bishops of Ely and Chester. All the disputants, ineluding Spencer’s Catholic colleague, Dr. John Lenthall, M.D., were Cambridge men, and may have known one another. An account of the conference was published in Paris, 1658, under the title, “Schism Unmasked”, probably by Spenser. He also wrote:” [Thirty-Six] Questions propounded to the Doctors of the Reformed Religion” (Paris, 1657); “Scripture Mistaken” (London, 1660); and other books which won him a high name as a controversialist. At the time of his death he was chaplain to the Earl of Shrewsbury.

J. H. POLLEN


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