Munsinger, Johann

Munsinger, Johann a German theologian of the 14th century, is noted in ecclesiastical history on account of the part he took in the Sacramentarian controversy of his time. He was rector of the school in Ulm in A.D. 1385, but was ejected because of his declarations, "Corpus Christi non est Deus. Nulla creatura est adoranda adoratione qua Deus debet adorari, adoratione scillatriae: hyperdulia debetur creatures excellenti, sicut est caro Christi, b. Virgo," etc. He maintained further, "Hostia consecrata non est Deus; Deus est sub hostia consecrata, corpus ejus, sanguis et anima;" namely, "per hostiam intelligo accidentia quae sunt in pane, rotunditatem videlicet, saporem et gravitatem." He denied the propriety of calling the hostia the corpus Christi, "quia accidentia visa non sunt corpus Christi, licet intus sit corpus Christi;" therefore it was better to say, "hic esse corpus Christi sub specie panis." Munsinger, it is seen then, only objected to considering the visible bread to be Christ himself; but by no means denied that Christ should be prayed to, sub specie panis, and hence his propositions were approved by both the universities, notwithstanding that the Dominicans had ousted him as a heretic. See Flacius, Catal. testium veritatis, No. 315, and elsewhere; Schelhorn, Amienitates literarure, 8:511; 1. c. 11:222; Gieseler, Ecclesiastes Hist. 3:136, note.

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