, a very learned man of the 17th century, was born at Logrogno,
, a very learned man of the
17th century, was born at Logrogno, a city of Spain,
March 24, 1630, and took the degree of D. D. in the university of Salamanca in 1668, and read lectures in that
faculty for many years. He was censor and secretary of
the supreme council of the inquisition in Spain, chief interpreter of the scriptures in the university of Salamanca,
and had been more than once abbot of the college of St.
Vincent, when he was honoured with a cardinal’s hat by
Innocent XI. in 1686. He died at Rome Aug. 19, 1699.
His life was very exemplary; and the dignity to which he
was raised was so far from making any change in him, that
he shewed an instance very uncommon, by retracting in
an express piece the doctrine of probability, which he had
before maintained, as soon as he found it was inconsistent
with the purity of the Christian morality. His first work
was entitled “
Ludi Salmanticenses sive Theologia Florulenta,” printed in
A commentary upon Aristotle’s ten books of Ethics.” In
A treatise upon Virtues and Vices, or Disputations on Aristotle’s Moral Philosophy.” He then appfied himself to the study of St. Anselm’s works, upon
whose principles in divinity he published “
of St. Anselm,” 3 vols. fol. 1690. In 1683 he published
a large work against the declaration of the assembly of the
French clergy made in 1682, concerning the ecclesiastical
and civil power, under the title of “
A defence of the see
of St. Peter.” The work for which he is chiefly celebrated
is his “
Collection of the Councils of Spain” with an introductory history. This was published in 1693-4, in 4 vols.
fol.; and in 1753 in 6 vols. fol. He published a Prodromus of this work in 1686, 8vo. It is variously spoken of;
Du Pin is inclined to depreciate its merit. Abstracts from
it may be seen in the Acta Eruditorum of Leipsic, far the
month of February, 1688, and some farther particulars in
the General Dictionary.