Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Antonio Da Cannara: De Potestate Pape Supra Concillium Generale Contra Errores Basiliensium

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Antonio Da Cannara: De Potestate Pape Supra Concillium Generale Contra Errores Basiliensium

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Antonio da Cannara: De potestate pape supra concilium generale contra errores Basiliensium. Einleitung, Kommentar und Edition ausgewahlter Abschnitte. By Thomas Prugl. [Veroffentlichungen des Grabmann-Institutes, Neue Folge 41.] (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh. 1996. Pp. xx, 158. DM 28,-.)

Cannara's was not one of the great minds of his generation in which Nicholas of Cusa and Johannes de Torquemada stood out, but he has his own distinction. Unlike these two and many others who wrestled with the problem of how to accommodate and reconcile the various strains of teaching and doctrine which made up the tradition with which theologians and canonists had worked for generations, Cannara followed a different path, and his tract can be seen as an early example of a form of argumentation that was to have a baneful influence over the centuries. Prugl in his introduction and discussion of the tract explains and details Cannara's methodology and innovation. He begins with the context of the tract, explains the motives and goal Cannata had in writing, and shows how he set out to achieve these and thus how he differed from earlier writers and his own contemporaries.

Specifically Cannara was writing after the split had occurred at the Council of Basel and that Council had charged Eugenius IV with heresy. As other papalists were doing, Cannara strove to establish the immunity of the pope against that charge.What is new is his response to and his way of dealing with the classical texts which said that the pope could not be judged by anyone unless he deviated from the faith. …

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