Laurentius Petri Gothus

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The Most Reverend
Laurentius Petri Gothus
Archbishop of Uppsala
Primate of Sweden
Church Church of Sweden
Archdiocese Uppsala
Appointed 1574
In office 1574–1579
Predecessor Laurentius Petri
Successor Andreas Laurentii Björnram
Consecration 14 July 1575
by Jacob Johannis
Rank Metropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born 1529 or 1530
Söderköping, Sweden
Died 12 February 1579
Uppsala, Sweden
Nationality Swede
Spouse Margareta Larsdotter
Children 2

Laurentius Petri Gothus (died 12 February 1579) was the second Swedish Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala, Sweden. He served from 1575 - 1579 AD. He was born in either 1529 or 1530 in the province of Östergötland, from where his name Gothus was derived as a means of distinguishing him from his predecessor, Laurentius Petri Nericius.

Nericius recommended Gothus' appointment as court chaplain to King Erik XIV in 1560. When Erik's successor, John III, was crowned, John preferred Gothus to Nericius, since Gothus was more in agreement with the king's own view on Lutheranism. They advocated a middle way between Catholicism and Lutheranism in Sweden, unlike Nericius, who was more inclined to Luther's teachings.

He was ordained by the king in 1575 in a ceremony with Catholic elements, including a cope and typical Catholic rituals.

In the 1570s, Jesuits were allowed to spread their messages. As a reaction, Gothus wrote several texts against papism and liturgy. Some of Gothus's texts show him as a supporter of liturgy, however, while also at the same time favoring Luther's works.

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