Felipe Beltrán Serrano

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Beltrán and the second or maternal family name is Serrano.

Felipe Beltrán Serrano (1704–1783) was a Spanish churchman who was Bishop of Salamanca from 1763 to 1783 and Grand Inquisitor of Spain from 1775 to 1783.

Biography[edit]

Felipe Beltrán Serrano was born in La Serra d'en Galceran on October 20, 1704, the son of poor parents.[1] Through the patronage of Ginés Rabaza Perellós, Marquis of Dos Aquas, he enrolled at the University of Valencia in 1721.[2] In 1724, he began the study of Christian theology at the University of Valencia, receiving a master's degree after three years.[2] He taught Thomistic philosophy from 1728 to 1735.[2] In 1735, he became professor of Thomistic philosophy, holding that chair until it was abolished in 1738.[2]

In 1739, again through the patronage of Ginés Rabaza Perellós, Marquis of Dos Aquas, he was appointed parish priest of Bétera.[2] He became parish priest of Massamagrell in 1752.[2] In 1759, he became a canon of Valencia Cathedral.[2]

He was appointed Bishop of Salamanca on July 18, 1763, and he was consecrated as a bishop on September 25, 1763.[3] He was a supporter of the expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain in 1767.[2]

He was appointed Grand Inquisitor of Spain on December 24, 1774.[3] As Grand Inquisitor, he continued the suppression of Jansenism in Spain.[2] He oversaw the heresy trial of Pablo de Olavide in 1775.[2] He acted as patron of Pedro Estala.[2] José Francisco de Isla wrote satire directed at Beltrán.[2] Beltrán received the Order of Charles III in 1780.[2]

He died on December 1, 1783.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Profile on catholic-hierarchy.org, Article on Spanish Wikipedia
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Article on Spanish Wikipedia
  3. ^ a b c Profile on catholic-hierarchy.org
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
José Zorrilla Sanmartín
Bishop of Salamanca
1763–1783
Succeeded by
Andrés José Barco Espinosa
Preceded by
Manuel de Quintano y Bonifaz
Grand Inquisitor of Spain
1775–1783
Succeeded by
Agustín Rubin de Ceballos