1528-1604. Spanish Dominican theologian. Staunch defender of Thomistic doctrine which he sought to follow even in its minutest detail, he held various professorships for ten years, then in 1580 was elected to the chief chair in the University of Salamanca where he remained for twenty years. He was prominently involved in the controversy with the Jesuits concerning the merit of Christ's death, predestination, and justification. He was interested in logic, well-versed in metaphysics, and never hesitated to treat a subject in depth if it was important or useful. He was director and confessor of St. Teresa.