Paolo Sarpi

[Paolo Sarpi] Servite, statesman, and anti-papal historian. Born on 15 August 1552 in Venice, Italy; died there on 15 January 1623. He taught philosophy in his monastery, was made provincial for the Venetian Republic in 1579, pro-curator general from 1585 to 1588, and became hostile to Rome when three times rejected as nominee for a episcopal see. Under the protection of the Doge and Senate, he was appointed theological consultor, effected the enactment of anti-ecclesiastical laws, and caused the papal interdict upon Venice to be revoked. His History of the Council of Trent is a bitter invective against the popes.

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