Thursday, July 26, 2007

St. Robert Bellarmine, Scrutinized By A Fellow Jesuit

Like our beloved Saint Bellarmine, Father John A. Hardon, S.J., was a prolific writer causing quite the ruckus with many groups splintering from the teaching authority of the Catholic Church.

This detailed biography of St. Robert Bellarmine is my first choice for many reasons.

  1. It is very thorough and complete.
  2. It is original. Most web sites copied the same article or just paraphrased it.
  3. Father Hardon is an excellent source for diving deeper into the Faith.
Here is an excerpt of the article:

". . . Cardinal Robert Bellarmine was naturally very brilliant. As a youth of seventeen, his teachers declared he was the best in the school in his studies and not far from heaven. At the age of eighteen, he entered the Society of Jesus and for the rest of his life was plagued with poor health. Because of his poor health, his superiors sent him from one city to another, and from one country to another, in the hope of restoring his health.

Because Cardinal Bellarmine was appointed to preach even before his ordination to the priesthood, everywhere he was sent he would preach. Robert Bellarmine was ordained in 1570 and appointed professor at the University of Louvain in Belgium where he lectured on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas. . . "

Here is the rest of the article. . .

Father Hardon Index


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