Enchiridion canonico-morale de confessario ad inhonesta, & turpia solicitante: nec non de decretis, & constitutionibus pontificiis ad hoc nefarium crimen exterminandum emanantis
Author: Hermenegildo Vilaplana (1712-1763)
Publisher: Bibliotheca Mexicana
Place: Mexico City
+217+[15 unnumbered] pages with index. Duodecimo (6" x 4") bound in original limp velum lacking ties and ink title to spine. (Medina, Mexico, 5026; Palau 365782) First edition.
Father Vilaplana, a native of Benimarfull, Valencia, Spain, was a Franciscan, a university lecturer where he studied philosophy and theology before coming to America as a Franciscan missionary, attached to the colleges in Queretaro and Zacatecas. He wrote histories of all of the Franciscan colleges in New Spain and was a member of the Inquisition. Notably, one the earliest biographies of the apostle to Texas, Fr. Antonio Margil, was written by Vilaplana in 1763. The Enchiridion is a "handbook" which gives examples of abuses, lays out the pertinent canon laws and papal edicts, and has a section of questions to be asked of accused priests during court proceedings. The work also discusses punishment and other disciplines that the crimes demand.
Front gutter pulled away from vellum, ties lacking, corners bumped, worming to latter part of work from page 203 to the end affecting some text else about very good.
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