St. Robert Bellarmine on Hell-Bound Popes

St. Robert Bellarmine on Hell-Bound Popes

St. Robert Bellarmine, pray for us!


Today is the feast of St. Robert Bellarmine, the patron of the Bellarmine Forum/Wanderer Forum Foundation. It is the perfect opportunity to illustrate one of the many, many, many examples from his life of why he is the perfect saint for our time in America.  The trouble is that there are so many reasons! We could discuss his teaching on the Real Presence, we could discuss his teachings on Marriage, or so many other confusing doctrines today. One example rang a bell for me, and I want to see if you think it’s possibly a message for today.

Pope Francis, the Alleged Letter, and Clearly Confusing Things

No reader here would be surprised if I said that Pope Francis has done things that are causing great confusion. For instance, the recent discussions on the letter about marriage, and communion for the divorce, is a mess. There is no getting around it. If the things being reported are true, it is wrong. There are several other examples, but I think this one in particular is the best to highlight. What are we supposed to do? Can we find some guidance in Bellarmine?

In his treatise on purgatory, which Fr. Hardon described as “wonderful”, Bellarmine urges the faithful to avoid venial sins because even these “small sins” offend the infinite majesty of God and are punished by Him.  But, there is a story in the treatise that I find illustrative for us today. It is a story about Pope Innocent III, and how he was saved from hell.

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5 comments on “St. Robert Bellarmine on Hell-Bound Popes

  1. That’s probably as close as the otherwise nice chaps at the Blunderer will get to admitting that their half-century of tweaking papalotry instead of speaking clearly while violations of Divine Law, beginning with the infamous un-council itself, have yielded zilch.

  2. But, hey, even the longest journey begins with a single step, according to some heathen (who’s writings are probably on mandatory reading lists in most seminaries these days.)

  3. St. Robert’s feast day is May 13th.

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