Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Born in Tuscany in 1542, St. Robert Bellarmine was the nephew of Pope Marcellus II. He entered the Society of Jesus at 18 and studied philosophy and theology. He became a distinguished professor and preacher, drawing multi-denominational crowds to his homilies. He was appointed to teach theology at the Roman College, where he specialized in treating the theological controversies of the day. During this time, he wrote the renowned De Controversiis and worked on a revision of the Latin Vulgate Bible.
In 1597, Clement VIII made him Examiner of Bishops and Consultor of the Holy Office as well as his personal theologian. Next, St. Robert Bellarmine worked as mediator in the doctrinal conflicts regarding the theology of grace. He was appointed Archbishop of Capua and was involved in the controversy over Galileo’s teaching that the earth was not the center of the universe. He advocated for continuing education for adults, religious and secular. His scholarly works include On the Ascent of the Mind of God and On the Art of Dying Well. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931 and is the patron saint of catechists.
Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
 Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “St. Robert Francis Romulus Bellarmine.”
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