Giovanni Giacinto Achilli


Apostate priest. He was suspended by ecclesiastical authorities for immorality, and later imprisoned by the pontifical government for revolutionary agitation. He gave antiCatholic lectures in London, England; exposed by Venerable John Henry Newman, he brought a libel action in 1852, in which Newman was fined £100, owing to the antiCatholic prejudices of the judges. Achilli afterwards became utterly discredited, and the incident caused a revulsion in favor of Newman.



  • 1860
  • may have commited suicide

MLA Citation

  • “Giovanni Giacinto Achilli”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 November 2012. Web. 1 December 2021. <>