Odo of Cambrai, Bl.
ODO OF CAMBRAI, BL.
Also known as Odo of Tournai, bishop, philosopher, and theologian whose teaching at Toul and Tournai gave a new impetus to realism; b. Orléans, France, 1050; d. Abbey of Anchin, near Arras, June 19, 1113. He was chosen bishop of Cambrai in 1095. He introduced the cluniac reform into his monastery of saint-martin at Tournai. His principal work, De peccato originali, used an exaggerated realism to explain the transmission of original sin. Other extant writings, theological in nature, include a treatise on the Canon of the Mass, a dialogue with a Jew adducing philosophical reasons for Christ's coming, a short treatise on final impenitence, and a Gospel harmony.
Feast: June 19.
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