St. Robert Bellarmine

The ceiling of St. Ignatius of Loyola church in Rome

Today is the memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ, Doctor of the Church.

Brilliant man, defender of the Church. 

His most famous work is his three-volume Disputations on the Controversies of the Christian Faith. Particularly noteworthy are the sections on the temporal power of the pope and the role of the laity. Bellarmine incurred the anger of monarchists in England and France by showing the divine-right-of-kings theory untenable. “

Seems to me anytime one is incurring the anger of monarchists, one is doing the right thing. Afflict the comfortable, comfort the afflicted.

St. Robert Bellarmine’s remains are entombed in the church of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The photo here is of a portion of the ceiling of that magnificent structure. What makes it look three dimensional are the painted shadows on the walls.

St. Robert Bellarmine, pray for us.

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