le Jay, Claude (Jajus)

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Theologian; b. Mieussy, near Geneva, 1504; d. Vienna, Aug. 6, 1552. Le Jay followed his friend Peter faber to Paris and there earned a master's degree in arts in 1534; he made solemn profession with St. Ignatius in 1541. With Salmeron and Canisius he earned a doctorate at Bologna, and in 1542 he was sent by Paul III to Germany, where he lectured on the scriptures at Ingolstadt. His clear theological mind was enlisted by Cardinal O. truchsess von waldburg both before and during the Council of Trent. At the Synod of Salzburg he greatly aided the Catholic cause by clearly indicating that the denial of papal primacy was itself heresy. At Trent he was one of the two theologians charged with drafting the decree on sacred scripture and tradition.

Bibliography: c. sommervogel Bibliothèque de la Compagnie de Jésus, 11 v. (Brussels-Paris 18901932) 4:765.

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