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A Friar Minor of the Strict Observance, and a voluminous writer on theological subjects, generally in defense of the Immaculate Conception; b. at Carbajales, Spain, toward the end of the sixteenth century; d. in Belgium, 1667.
He took the Franciscan habit in Peru. He lectured on theology, was Procurator-General of the Franciscans, in Rome, and Qualificator of the Holy Office. He was an indefatigable traveller. His principal opponents were the Dominicans. His polemic had such a personal tone and was so violent that he was sent to the Low-Countries.
Two editions of his work, "Nodus indissolubilis de conceptu mentis et conceptu ventris" (Madrid, 1661, 1663), are on the Index of prohibited books. His writings fill forty folio volumes. The most important is his "Armentarium Seraphicum pro tuendo Immaculatae Conceptionis titulo" (Madrid, 1648). In this he collaborated with the best theologians of the Friars Minor.
TOUSSAINT in Dict. de theol. cath., I, 926; GRAMMER in Kirchenlex. s.v.
APA citation. (1907). Pedro d'Alva y Astorga. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01372a.htm
MLA citation. "Pedro d'Alva y Astorga." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1907. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01372a.htm>.
Transcription. This article was transcribed for New Advent by John Fobian. Dedicated to the 99th Men's Cursillo of Arlington, Va.
Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. March 1, 1907. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.
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