Conrad of Gelnhausen

(c. 1320—1390)

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theologian, first Chancellor of the University of Heidelberg. From the outbreak of the Great Schism (1378), he was an advocate of the Conciliar theory. His thought is based on an appeal to the underlying authority of the Church understood as the whole congregation of the faithful as opposed simply to the Pope and his Curia. In his Epistola Concordiae (1380) he argued for the summoning of a General Council by the cardinals on behalf of the universal Church, even without the Pope.

Subjects: Christianity.

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