Binius (Commonly Bini), Severin

Binius (Commonly Bini), Severin, born in Juliers, was a canon and professor of theology at Cologne, where he died in 1641. He is known by his "Collection of Councils," Concilia Generalia et Provincialia Grceca et Latina (Cologne, 4 vols. fol., 1606; 9 vols., 1618; 10 vols., Paris, 163.6). The notes appended to it are taken from Baronius, Bellarmine, and Suarez, and are strongly imbued with the ultramontane views of those writers. Usher, in his Antiq. Brit., calls him Contaminator Conciliorum, from the fact of his permitting himself to make alterations, which he calls corrections, in many places of the old councils, after his own fancy, without any attention to the MSS. His collections are to a large extent superseded by those of Labbe and others.-Biog. Univ. 4:501. SEE COUNCILS.

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