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Illyricus, Thomas


Theologian; b. Vrana (near Zadar in modern Yugoslavia), c. 1485; d. Menton, near Monaco, 1528. He entered the Franciscan Observants at Osimo, Italy, and preached throughout Italy, France, and Germany. Clement VII named him inquisitor general in Savoy. Besides his Sermones (2 v. Toulouse 1521), he wrote works against Protestantism, including Libellus de potestate summi pontificis (Turin 1523) and In lutheranas haereses clypeus catholicae ecclesiae (Turin 1524). In his teaching on the papacy, Illyricus held that ecumenical councils are superior to the Roman pontiff.

Bibliography: f. schubert, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche 10:128129.

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