Rastenburg, Conversation At

Rastenburg, Conversation At.

This was a religious conference, held in 1531, to consider the rights of the Anabaptists in Prussia. On the Lutheran side, the debate was conducted by Poliander (q.v.), Speratus (q.v.), and Brismann; on the part of the Anabaptists. Peter Zenker (q.v.), preacher at Dantzic, replied. Duke Albert was present, and finally decided against the Anabaptists. who were banished peremptorily from the country. The Conversation at Rastenburg had been preceded by a synod, held there in 1530, on which occasion Zenker had presented his confession of faith.

Rastignac, Armand Anne Auguste Antonin Sicaire, De Chapt De, a French prelate, nephew of Louis Jacques (q.v.), was born in 1726. Hle had scarcely received the degree of D.D. when he was made vicar-general by the archbishop of Arles. In the conference of the clergy in 1755 and 1760, he voted for the refusal of sacraments to the opponents of the bull Unigenitus. Three times he refused the bishopric; and when, in 1773, his uncle, marshal Biron, obtained for him, without his knowledge, the Abbey of Saint-Mesmain, in the diocese of Orleans, he hastened to resign a priory which he held in commendam. He was deputed by the clergy to the States- general in 1789; but in August, 1792, he was imprisoned, and on the 3d of September following he was massacred. Among his works are — Questions sur la Propiete des Biens-fonds Ecclesiastiques en France

(Paris, 1789, 8vo): — Accord de la Revelation et de la Raison comte le Deisume (ibid. 1791, 8vo). See Hoefer. Nouv. Biog. Generale, s.v.

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