Girard, Jean-Baptiste (1680–1733)
A Jesuit born at Dôle in France. Girard was persecuted by
the Jansenists, who accused him of seducing a girl named Catherine
Cadière, who showed symptoms of possession and had to
be sent to a convent of Ursulines at Brest. His enemies found
it impossible to implicate him in the affair, and the Parliament
of Aix-en-Provence, before which he was tried in 1731, was
forced to acquit him. He returned to his native Dôle, where he
died two years later. The case resembles similar accusations
against priests by nuns that occurred at Loudon and Louviers.