Forster, Heinrich, Dd

Forster, Heinrich, D.D.

an eminent Roman Catholic prelate of Germany, was born November 24, 1800, at Gross-Glogau. He studied at Breslau, and received holy orders in 1825. While chaplain and pastor at Landshut, his pulpit abilities became known, and he was called, in 1837, as cathedral-dean to Breslau. When bishop Hepenbrock died in 1853, Fbrster was appointed as "persona gratissima" his successor. At the Vatican council he belonged to the opposition party, but finally yielded, and accepted the dogma of infallibility. Not obeying the so-called May-laws of the Prussian government, he was deposed, in 1875 from his office, and fled to the castle in Johannisberg, in Austro-Silesia, where he died, October 20, 1881. He is the author of, Lebensbild Diepenbrocks (Breslau, 1869): — Predigten (ibid. 1851, 7 volumes; 5th ed. Ratisbon, 1878): — Pastoral Letters (Breslau, 1880, 2 volumes). See Franz, Heinrich Forster, Furstbischof von Breslau, ein Lebensbild (Breslau, 1875). (B.P.).

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