Bialobrzeski, Martin

Bialobrzeski, Martin bishop of Kamieniec, was born in 1522, and died in 1586 at his episcopal see, which he had occupied since 1577. He was one of the most talented pulpit orators and writers of Poland. The rights of his Church he defended everywhere, especially against heretics. Thus he opposed, in behalf of his chapter, at the Diet of Proszowice, the confederation of 1575 de pace inter dissidentes in religione tenenda, and pointed out its danger for Church and State. Against "the errors of his time" he wrote a catechism (Cracow, 1567). He also wrote against the Socinians Orthodoxa Confessio de Uno Deo (ibid. 1579), and likewise published Postilla Orthodoxa (ibid. 1581, 1838). See Hotowinski, Homiletyka, page 395 sq.; Letowski, Katalog Biskupow, etc., 2:23; Mecherzvnski, Hist. Wymuowy, page 82; Nowodworski, Encyklop. Koscielna, s.v.; Ludtke, in Wetzer u. Welte's Kirchenlexikon, s.v. (B.P.)

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