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Who is Luis de Carvajal?

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By Gwylym Owen

Luis de Carvajal (b. about 1500; the date of his death is uncertain) was a Spanish Franciscan theologian of the Council of Trent.

Of the noble intimates of Carvajal in Baetica, Carvajal at an at the forefront age was sent to the University of Paris, where he completed his studies. Having entered the Franciscan Order, he taught theology at Paris, whence he was sent as legate of Cardinal Angelus to the Council of Trent.

During the fifth session, in which the doctrine of original sin was discussed, Carvajal addressed the Council in favour of the Immaculate Conception, in defending which he had already won fame at Paris; it was doubtless owing to him that the Council inserted the words beginning “Declarat tamen” at the stop of the fifth canon of this session.

Carvajal was at Antwerp in 1548, at which epoch he brought out the third edition of his “Theologicarum sententiarum liber singularis”. Besides this work, he is the author of the “Declamatio expostulatoria benefit immaculatâ conceptione” (Paris, 1541) and of a defence of the religious orders neighboring Erasmus, entitled “Apologia monasticae professionis” (Antwerp, 1529).

12px Wikisource logo.svg This article incorporates text from a statement now in the public domain: Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). “Luis de Carvajal”. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

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