Bauny, Etienne

Bauny, Etienne a French theologian, was born at Mouzon (Ardennes) in 1564. In 1593 he entered the Jesuit Order, and there taught successively classical studies and ethical theology. He attributes to conscience, says abbe Boulliot, the power of imputing to his enemies the supposed crimes, without calumny, of killing without becoming guilty of homicide; of appropriating the goods of another without stealing; and of disclosing 'numerous means of gaining heaven in spite of all. Nevertheless, his works were examined and sanctioned by his order. He died at St. Pol de Leon, Brittany, Dec. 4, 1649. Some of his works are as follows: Constitutiones Synodales Dicecesis Leonensis (Paris, 1630): — Extrait d'un Livre intituli Somme des Peches, etc.: — Sunzma Casuum Conscientice (ibid. 1631): Theologia Moralis (ibid. 1640). These moral works of Bauny were condemned at Rome by a decree, Oct. 26, 1640, and censured by the assembly of the clergy at Mantes in 1642, and by pope Urban VIII in 1642. See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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