Loos (Callidius), Cornelius

Loos (Callidius), Cornelius, a German Roman Catholic theologian, was born at Gonda, Holland, in 1546, and was educated at Louvain. He entered the priesthood, and was made doctor of theology at Mentz, where, in a sojourn of several years, he composed most of his works. He afterwards became archbishop of Treves; but, on account of his opinions upon magic, published in a book styled De vera et falsa magia (1592), he was forced to remove from his diocese, though he retracted his heretical views. He went to Brussels, and there exercised the humble functions of vicar of the parish. He was soon accused of falling back into his old opinions, and was arrested and imprisoned. He was about to be accused a third time, when he died at Brussels, February 3, 1595. Loos was very zealous against Protestants. Among his works the following are of theological and general interest: Defensio adversus Chr. Franckenium coeterosque sectariospanis adorationem impie asserentes (Mayence, 1581): — Thuribulum aureum sanctorum precationum (ibidem, 1581): — Illustrium Germaniae Scriptorum Catalogus (ibidem, 1581): — Ecclesiae Venatus (Cologne, 1585): — Annotationes in Ferum super Joannem, often reprinted. See Sweert, Athene Belgicae; Foppens, Biblicth. Belgicae; Martin Delrio, Disquisit. magicae, 54:5; Bayle, Dict. Hist. et Crit. (Calliditis); Niceron, Memoires; Paquot, Memoires; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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