German theologian. He came under humanist influences. Until the controversy over indulgences broke out, he was on good terms with M. Luther, but in the public debate at Leipzig in 1519 he opposed Carlstadt and Luther, and he was largely responsible for securing the latter's excommunication. For the rest of his life he took a prominent part in organizing Catholic opposition to German Protestantism.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Religion.