Melchor Liñán y Cisneros

Melchor Liñán y Cisneros (sometimes Melchor de Liñán y Cisneros) (December 19, 1629, Madrid – June 28, 1708, Lima, Peru) was a Roman Catholic prelate who served as Archbishop of Lima (1677–1708), Archbishop of La Plata o Charcas (1672–1675), Bishop of Popayán (1667–1672), and Bishop of Santa Marta (1664–1668).[1] He also served as Viceroy of Peru from July 7, 1678, to November 20, 1681.[1]

Most Reverend

Melchor de Liñán y Cisneros
Archbishop of Lima
ChurchCatholic Church
DioceseArchbishop of Lima
PredecessorJuan de Almoguera
SuccessorAntonio de Zuloaga
by Antonio Sanz Lozano
Personal details
BornDecember 19, 1629
DiedJune 28, 1708
Previous post(s)Archbishop of La Plata o Charcas (1672–1675)
Bishop of Popayán (1667–1672)
Bishop of Santa Marta (1664–1668)

Biography edit

Melchor de Liñán y Cisneros was born in Madrid, Spain.[2] He studied theology in the University of Alcalá de Henares, where he took his doctorate. Thereafter he was chaplain in Buitrago. He was also calificador (censor) of the Holy Office of the Inquisition. On October 6, 1664, Pope Alexander VII, appointed him Bishop of Santa Marta.[2] In 1665, he was consecrated bishop by Antonio Sanz Lozano, Bishop of Cartagena.[2] On January 26, 1668, Pope Clement IX, appointed him Bishop of Popayán.[2]

In 1671, he was sent as visitador (inspector) to Nuevo Reino de Granada in what is now Colombia because of the inaction of Diego de Villalba y Toledo, president of the Audiencia. He replaced Villabla in that position on June 2, 1671. At the same time he served as interim governor and captain general of Nuevo Reino de Granada. On February 8, 1672, Pope Clement X, appointed him Archbishop of La Plata o Charcas.[2] On June 14, 1677, Pope Innocent XI appointed him Archbishop of Lima.[2] On July 7, 1678, he was appointed viceroy of Peru serving until November 20, 1681. As viceroy, he improved the fortifications of the port of Callao to defend against attacks by Dutch filibusters. He repressed rebellions of the clergy, who were opposed to the nomination of prelates from Spain—the Franciscans in Cuzco and the Dominicans in Quito.[citation needed]

On the death of the Peruvian astronomer Doctor Francisco Ruiz Lozano, Viceroy Liñán y Cisneros (with the approval of the Crown) gave mathematics a permanent position in the University of San Marcos. Mathematics was attached to the chair of cosmography. Doctor Juan Ramón Koening, a Belgian by birth, was named to the chair.[2]

As a reward for his services, the Spanish Crown granted Liñán y Cisneros the title of conde de la Puebla de los Valles. He wrote Ofensa y defensa de la libertad eclesiástica (Offense and Defence of Ecclesiastical Liberty). He died in Lima in 1708.[citation needed]

Episcopal succession edit

While bishop, he was the principal consecrator of:[2]

References edit

  1. ^ Ritzler, Remigius; Sefrin, Pirminus (1952). HIERARCHIA CATHOLICA MEDII ET RECENTIORIS AEVI Vol V. Patavii: Messagero di S. Antonio. pp. 244, 317, and 320. (in Latin)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Cheney, David M. "Archbishop Melchor de Liñán y Cisneros". Retrieved June 16, 2018. [self-published]

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Government offices
Preceded by Viceroy of Peru
Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of Santa Marta
Succeeded by
Preceded by Bishop of Popayán
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of La Plata o Charcas
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Lima
Succeeded by