Lercher, Ludwig

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Theologian; b. Hall, Austria, June 30, 1864; d. Innsbruck, Aug. 5, 1937. He became a Jesuit in 1891 and professor of theology at the University of Innsbruck in 1899. Through his lectures and writings he exercised great influence on the formation of the clergy. His chief work, Institutiones theologiae dogmaticae, 4 vols. (Innsbruck 192434), combines a solid presentation of theology with an emphasis on its ascetical relevance.

Bibliography: Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, 10 v., ed. j. hofer and k. rahner, (Freiburg 195765) 6:974. f. lakner, "Die dogmatische Theologie an der Universität Innsbruck, 18571957," Zeitschrift für katholische Theologie 80 (1958): 101141.

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