Francisco Peña
Francisco Peña (born at Villarroya de los Pinares
Villarroya de los Pinares
Villarroya de los Pinares is a municipality located in the Maestrazgo comarca, province of Teruel, Aragon, Spain. According to the 2004 census , the municipality has a population of 190 inhabitants.-See also:*Maestrazgo, Aragon...

, near Saragossa, about 1540; died at Rome, in 1612) was a Spanish canon lawyer.


He devoted himself to the study of law at Valencia. Later Philip II of Spain
Philip II of Spain
Philip II was King of Spain, Portugal, Naples, Sicily, and, while married to Mary I, King of England and Ireland. He was lord of the Seventeen Provinces from 1556 until 1581, holding various titles for the individual territories such as duke or count....

 appointed him auditor of the Rota for Spain.

He formed one of the commission charged with the preparation of the official edition of the Corpus juris canonici, published in 1582, and the anonymous notes appended to the edition of the Decretals are attributed to him. He was also concerned in the canonization of several saints: Didacus, Hyacinth
Saint Hyacinth
Saint Hyacinth, O.P., was educated in Paris and Bologna. A Doctor of Sacred Studies and a secular priest, he worked to reform women's monasteries in his native Poland...

, Raymond, Charles Borromeo
Charles Borromeo
Charles Borromeo was the cardinal archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Milan from 1564 to 1584. He was a leading figure during the Counter-Reformation and was responsible for significant reforms in the Catholic Church, including the founding of seminaries for the education of priests...

, and Frances of Rome
Frances of Rome
Saint Frances of Rome, Obl.S.B., is an Italian saint who was a wife, mother, mystic, organizer of charitable services and a Benedictine oblate who founded a religious community of vowed oblates.- Biography :...

, publishing biographies of several of them.


His principal works are:
  • "In Directorium Inquisitorum a Nicolao Eimerico conscriptum commentaria" (Rome, 1578);
  • "De officio Inquisitionis" (Cremona, 1655);
  • "In Ambrosii de Vignate tractatum de hæresi commentaria et in Pauli Grillandi de hæreticis et eorum pœnis notæ" (Rome, 1581);
  • "In Bernardi Comensis Dominicani Lucernam inquisitorum notæ et ejusdem tractatum de strigibus" (Rome, 1584);
  • "Responsio canonica ad scriptum nuper editum in causa Henrici Borbonii quo illius fauntores persuadere nituntur episcopos in Francia jure illos absolvere potuisse" (Rome, 1595);
  • "Censura in arrestum Parlamentale Curiæ criminalis Parisiensis contra Joannem Castellum et patres Societatis Jesu" (Rome, 1595);
  • "De temporali regno Christi" (Rome, 1611).

His "Decisiones sacræ Rotæ" were published by Urritigoiti (2 vols., Saragossa, 1648-50).

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