Franck, Caspar (1543-1584)

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Caspar Franck (Casparus Francius Ortrandus) was the son of strict Lutheran parents. While he was serving as chaplain at the court of Duke Ladislaus of Haag in Upper Bavaria, Germany, he experienced the first Counter Reformation decrees of Albrecht V of Bavaria, and in 1568 he entered the Catholic Church at Ingolstadt, remaining there as Professor of the Holy Scriptures at the university. His epitaph lauds him as a defender of the Catholic faith and church. Among his numerous polemics, his Catalogus Haereticorum (Ingolstadt, 1576) lists the names of all the opponents of the Catholic Church. Luther, Melanchthon, and other Protestant leaders are treated at length. Briefly but not incorrectly he  names the Anabaptist leaders, Hans Denck, Balthasar Hubmaier, Ludwig Haetzer, and Melchior Hoffman. The sections on the Hutterites and Anabaptists present utter nonsense. The Batenburgers and Davidjorists are also touched. The book is of very little historical significance.


Hege, Christian and Christian Neff. Mennonitisches Lexikon, 4 vols. Frankfurt & Weierhof: Hege; Karlsruhe: Schneider, 1913-1967: v. I, 668.

Wetzer, Heinrich Josef and Benedikt Welte. Wetzer und Welte's Kirchenlixikon, oder Encyklopaedie der katholischen Theologie und ihrer Huelfswissenschaften. 1885

Author(s) Christian Neff
Date Published 1956

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Neff, Christian. "Franck, Caspar (1543-1584)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 26 Sep 2018.,_Caspar_(1543-1584)&oldid=144130.

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Neff, Christian. (1956). Franck, Caspar (1543-1584). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 26 September 2018, from,_Caspar_(1543-1584)&oldid=144130.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 363. All rights reserved.

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