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Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim

(1701—1790)


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(1701–90),

founder of Febronianism. In 1742 he began an investigation, on behalf of the German Archbishop-Electors, of the historical position of the Papacy; in 1763, under the pseudonym ‘Justinus Febronius’, he published his conclusions, De statu ecclesiae et legitima potestate Romani Pontificis. Because of its Gallican tendencies the book was placed on the Index in 1764. In 1778 Hontheim made a formal retractation.

Subjects: Christianity.


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