Jurist, b. at Mantua, Italy, about 1320; d. at Avignon after 1388. After completing his law studies at Padua he returned to his native city and took up the practice of criminal law. While thus engaged he wrote: "Super maleficis" (Milan, 1505; Venice, 1559, 1584; Lyons, 1558; Frankfort, 1600 and 1604). He suddenly gave up the law, entered the priesthood, and left Padua with the intention of never returning. In 1350, however, he came back as rector of the Church of San Martinio de' Tribesii and vicar of the bishop. Two years alter he went to Avignon, where he received a professorship. He was given the privilege of granting the doctorate, was made prothonotary Apostolic, advocate of the Consistory, fiscal of the Roman Curia, and finally auditor of the sacred palace. He is known to have been in various Italian cities, and at Avignon in 1388. He wrote a commentary on the "Clementines" entitled "Comentarii in Constitutiones Clementis Papae V in alma Avenionensi universitate editi" (Lyons, 1522), and two treatises, "Solemnis ac perutilis tractatus de modo procedendi contra apostatas" (Venice, 1556), and "Tractatus, qui casus respirat speciale mandatum" (Zürich, 1584).
VON SCHULTE, Gesch. der Quellen u. Literatur des canonisch. Rechts, II (Stuttgart, 1877), 255 sq.; TIRABOSCHI, Storia della letteratura italiana, V (Florence, 1897); 2, 388.
APA citation. (1912). Bonifazio Vitalini. In The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15485a.htm
MLA citation. "Bonifazio Vitalini." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 15. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. <http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15485a.htm>.
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Ecclesiastical approbation. Nihil Obstat. October 1, 1912. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.