Giberti, Giovanni Matto

Giberti, Giovanni Matto bishop of Verona, was born at Palermo in 1495, and died in 1543. He was one of those prelates who, before the Council of Trent, showed a serious interest in the reform of the Church, drawing his inspiration from Pietro Caraffa, with whom he was intimately acquainted. Thus Giberti insisted upon a better preparation and stricter examination of the clergy, and though his efforts were. of no avail on account of the opposition from the clergy, yet he exercised considerable influence on Carlo Borromeo (q.v.). Giberti wrote, Constitutiones Gibertinae: — Costitizioni per le Monache: — Capitoli di Regolazione Fatta sopra le Stepe: — Monitiones Generales: — Capitoli Della Societa di Carita: — Edicta Selecta: — Lettere Scielte. See Ballerini's biography of Giberti, in the introduction to the latter's works, which were published under the title, J.M. Giberti Opera (Verona, 1733, 1740); Kerker, in the Tubingen Qutartalschrift, 1859, fasc. 1; Reumont, Geschichte der Stadt Rom. volume iii6; Benrath, in Plitt- Herzog, Real-Encyclop. s.v.; Jocher, Allgemeines Gelehrten-Lexikon, s.v. (B.P.)

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