Aversa, Raphael

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Theatine theologian; b. Sanseverino, Italy, 1588; d. Rome, June 10, 1657. He served five times as superior general of the Clerks Regular Minor and was greatly respected for his learning and his ability as a theologian. He twice refused the episcopacy offered him by Innocent X and Alexander VII. His most notable work was a complete treatment of scholastic theology, Theologia scholastica universa ad mentem s. Thomae, divided into six parts and published in nine volumes appearing at various times and under various titles at Rome, Venice, Genoa, and Bologna between 1631 and 1642. He also wrote Logica (Rome 1623) and Philosophia (2 v. Rome 162527).

Bibliography: h. hurter Nomenclator literarius theologiae catholicae, 5 v. (3d ed. Innsbruck 190313) 3:934935. g. fussenegger, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirch, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner, 10 v. (2d ed. Freiburg 195765) 1:114647.

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