The patronage of a pious woman made it possible for him to study. As a priest, 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 was praised by Pope Benedict XIV (notific. 32, n. 6).
- ^ He was of English descent, and the name is variously written Clericatus, Chericato, Chericati, and Chiericato, probably from Clark, the original family name.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed (1913). "Giovanni Clericato". Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. The entry cites:
- Moréri, Gr. Dict. Hist. (Paris, 1759);
- Sberti, Memorie (Padua, 1790);
- Tiraboschi, Storia della Lett. Ital. (Milan, 1825).
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