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THE RULES OF FRIARS FRANCISCANS

Concina, Daniello. Fr. Danielis Concina ... Disciplina apostolico-monastica dissertationibus theologicis illustrata, & in duas partes tributa; in quarum prima, de voto paupertatis vita communi circumscripto; in altera, de caeteris ejusdem disciplinae praecipuis capitibus disseritur. Accedunt selecta quaedam veterum theologorum monumenta [...] Venice: Baglioni, 1750.

4to, contemporary stiff vellum with handwritten titles at spine, red sprinkled edges, pp. LX, 432. Text in Latin on two columns.

Second revised edition of fundamental Concina's work on the rules and discipline of the Friars Minor (Franciscans), from the Perfect Charity Vow to the rules for community living.

Daniello Concina (1687-1756) was an Italian Dominican preacher, controversialist and theologian. Concina's literary activity was confined chiefly to moral topics. His career as a theologian and controversialist began with the publication of his first book, "Commentarius historico apologeticus", etc. (Venice, 1736, 1745), in which be refuted the opinion, then recently adopted by the Bollandists, that St. Dominic had borrowed his ideas and form of religious poverty from St. Francis.
While engaged in the sharp controversy aroused by this work, he entered into another concerning the Lenten fast, which was not closed until Benedict XIV issued (30 May, 1741) the Encyclical, "Non ambigimus" which was favourable to Concina's contention. Shortly afterwards he published his "Storia del probabilismo e rigorismo" (Venice, 1743), a work composed of theological, moral, and critical dissertations. Being directed against the Jesuits, it naturally gave rise to a large controversial literature. The work was highly praised by some notably by Benedict XIV, but among others it met with a very unfavourable reception.
The Fathers of the Society of Jesus, the recognized champions of probable opinions in matters of conscience, were not slow in defending their position. The controversy reached a climax when Concina published under the auspices of Benedict XIV, his "Theologia christiana dogmatico-moralis" (12 vols. in 4to, Rome and Venice, 1749-51). The Jesuits appealed to the pope to have it condemned on the ground that it contained errors and was very injurious to the Society. A commission of theologians was then appointed to examine the work, with the result that Concina was requested to prefix to the subsequent edition a declaration dictated by the pope. This declaration, which was practically a summary of the petition of condemnation made by his opponents, appeared in the edition of 1752, but that work itself showed no changes of importance, except the addition of one chapter to the preface in which the author protested that he had always entertained the sincerest regard for the Society of Jesus, that as private theologian he refuted opinions which he considered lax, regardless of authorship, and that if he had erred in any way or done any wrong, he was ready to make a full retractation.

Provenance: Copy once belonged to the Capuchine Convent of Peschiera del Garda, Italy.

References: IT\ICCU\BA1E\014250. OCLC locates four copies in USA.

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[Franciscans, Rules] Concina, Disciplina, 1750

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