Louis d' Aleman, Bl.
LOUIS D' ALEMAN, BL.
Cardinal archbishop; b. Arbent-en-Bugey, c. 1390;d. Salonne, near Arles, France, Sept. 17, 1450. Educated in theology and Canon Law, he rose rapidly in the Church. Pope martin v attached him to his person and entrusted him with difficult assignments at the Council of Siena. Louis later took a leading role at the Council of Basel, nominating Amadeus VIII of Savoy as antipope Felix V (1439). For this he was excommunicated by eugene iv. After the death of the pope, Felix resigned in favor of the newly elected nicholas v, who forgave all connected with the schism. Louis recanted and was restored to his dignities. He died the following year with a reputation for sanctity. He was proclaimed blessed by Pope clement vii in 1527.
Feast: Sept. 16 (formerly 17).
Bibliography: Acta Sanctorum Sept. 5:436–462. Gallia Christiana (Paris 1715–85) 3:787–830, 1312–79. g. pÉrouse, Le Cardinal Louis Aleman, président du concile de Bâle et la fin du grand schisme (Paris 1904). a. butler, The Lives of the Saints, ed. h. thurston and d. attwater, 4 v. (New York 1956) 3:573–575. j. gill, The Council of Florence (Cambridge, England 1959) 67–71, 310–317. j. wodka, Lexikon für Theologie und Kirche, ed. j. hofer and k. rahner, 10 v. (2d, new ed. Freiburg 1957–65) 1:302–303.
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