Martin Becanus

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Martinus Becanus (6 January 1563 – 24 January 1624) was a Flemish Jesuit priest, known as a theologian and controversialist.

Life[edit]

He was born in Hilvarenbeek in the Southern Netherlands; his original surname was Schellekens. He entered the Society of Jesus on 22 March 1583, and taught Theology for twenty-two years at Würzburg, Mainz, and Vienna.[1]

He died in Vienna, where he was the confessor to the Emperor Ferdinand II.

Works[edit]

A first class controversialist and prolific writer Becanus is the author of some 37 books, most of them works of polemics.

Among numerous other works was his Summa Theologiae Scholasticae.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wikisource-logo.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Martin Becan". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 
  2. ^ W. B. Patterson, King James VI and I and the Reunion of Christendom (1997), note 139 p. 101.
  3. ^ Peter Godman, The Saint as Censor: Robert Bellarmine between inquisition and index (2000), p. 203.
Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Martin Becan". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.