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Feßler, Joseph
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(Dec 2, 1813, Lochau – Apr 25, 1872, St. Pölten), bishop of St. (Sankt) Pölten and council secretary. He became a priest in 1837, a schoolmaster in 1838/39, professor of church history and canon law in Brixen in 1842, in Vienna in 1852 (after 1856 only of canon law), assistant bishop and vicar general for Vorarlberg in Feldkirch (diocese of Brixen) in 1862. He was bishop of St. Pölten from 1865 to 1872, and secretary of Vatican I in 1869/70. A moderate infallibilist (infallibility), after the end of the council, he argued (to J.J.I.v. Döllinger among others) for the accept…

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Bischof, Franz Xaver, “Feßler, Joseph”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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