Lawrence Arthur Faunt
Lawrence Arthur Faunt (b. 1554, d. at
Wilna, Poland, 28 February 1591) was an English Jesuittheologian and missionary to Poland.
After two years at
Merton College, Oxford(1568-70) under the tuition of the philosopher John Potts, he went to the Jesuit college at Louvainwhere he took his B.A. After some time spent in Paris he entered the University of Munichunder the patronage of William V, Duke of Bavaria.
The date of his entrance into the Society of Jesus is disputed, some authorities giving 1570, others 1575, the year in which he went to the
English College, Rome, to pursue his studies in theology. On the latter occasion he added Lawrence to his baptisal name, Arthur. He was made professor of divinity and attracted the attention of Pope Gregory XIII, who on the establishment of the Jesuit college at Posenin 1581, appointed him rector. He was also professor of Greek there for three years, of moral theology and controversy for nine more.
His major theological works are:
*"De Christi in terris Ecclesia, quaenam et penes quos existat" (Posen, 1584);
*"Coenae Lutheranorum et Calvinistarum oppugnatio ac catholicae Eucharitiae defensio" (Posen, 1586);
*"Apologia libri sui de invocatione ac veneratione Sanctorum" (Cologne, 1589).
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