Dominic De Soto

1494-1560. Spanish theologian. Born in Segovia, he was a sacristan before reading logic and philosophy at Alcalá and theology at Paris. He taught briefly, spent some time in a Benedictine abbey, then made his profession in the Dominican Order in Burgos (1525). After teaching for seven years in the house of studies in Segovia, he went to Salamanca (1532) to take his order's university chair in theology. Charles V, to whom he was later confessor, appointed him imperial theologian to the Council of Trent.* Refusing the see of Segovia, he was elected prior at Salamanca in 1550, and two years later took the first chair of theology there. His writings include De institia et iure (1556), Deliberatio in causa pauperum (1547), and commentaries on Romans (1550) and Aristotle (1544).