James Lainez

Second General of the Society of Jesus, theologian, born Castile, Spain, 1512; died Rome, Italy, 1565. He was one of the seven who took vows with Saint Ignatius at Montmartre, 1534. As papal theologian to the Council of Trent, he expounded the Catholic doctrine of justification, gave correct dogmatic opinions on Communion under one species, drew up decrees and canons on the Sacrament of Orders, and defended the papal origin of episcopal jurisdiction. To him is due the adoption of the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus.

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