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Politus, Ambrosius Catharinus
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(born Lancellotto de’Politi; 1484, Siena – Nov 8[?], 1553, Naples), Dominican controversialist. After beginning a career as a jurisprudent, he became a Dominican in 1517, taking the name Ambrosius Catharinus. In 1546 he was made bishop of Minori and in 1552 archbishop of Conza. Attacking Luther, in 1520 he wrote an Apologia (CCath 27) and in 1521 an Excusatio diputationis, to which Luther responded with Ad librum eximii Magistri nostri Ambrosii Catharini (1521, Ger. 1524). Politus also attacked Bernardino Ochino (Sommario della Sacra Scrittura), Savonarola, and …

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Smolinsky, Heribert, “Politus, Ambrosius Catharinus”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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