Gury, Joseph Pierre

Gury, Joseph Pierre, a Roman Catholic theologian, whose works on moral theology have obtained a great notoriety by the many offensive doctrines which he defends. He was born Jan. 23, 1801, entered in 1824 the Society of Jesus, became professor of moral theology at Vals, in France, and died April 18, 1866, at Mercoeur, in the Auvergne. He wrote a Compendium Theologiae moralis (4th ed. Ratisbon, 1868; German translation, Ratisbon, 1869), and Casus Conscien-tire in praecipuas quaestiones Theologiae moralis (Rafts- boa, 1865). Both works have passed through a large number of editions in France and other countries, and have been introduced as text-books into a number of ecclesiastical seminaries. In the Diet of the grand-duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt, the government was in 1869 attacked by the Liberal party for allowing the Roman Catholic bishop of Mentz to introduce this work into the diocesan seminary, on the ground that it teaches in many cases, disobedience to tile government, and principles incompatible with a civilized form of government. See Linss, .Das Handbuch Gury's und die christliche Ethik (Frieberg, 1869). (A. J. S.)

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