Showing posts with label BoD and Bellarmine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BoD and Bellarmine. Show all posts

Monday, October 7, 2013

ST. Robert Bellarmine and "Baptism" of Desire

So far in our studies the saints that supported Baptism of Desire contradict themselves on the issue. St. Robert Bellarmine is no exception.

When saints attempt to explain speculative things, that are not clearly taught by the Church, they are bound to make mistakes. So Catholics must not follow St. Robert in his difficult attempt to explain "baptism" of desire. He was clearly confused by it:

St. Robert Bellarmine, De Ecclesia Militante:
“Concerning catechumens there is a GREATER DIFFICULTY, because they are faithful [have the faith] and can be saved if they die in this state, and yet outside the Church no one is saved… THE CATECHUMENS ARE IN THE CHURCH, THOUGH NOT IN ACTUAL FACT, yet at least in resolution, therefore they can be saved…”
[De Ecclesia Militante, Book III, Ch. 3, opera omnia, Naples 1872, p. 75; ]

Why is he confused? Because Bellarmine, defined the Church as precise as he could and BoD was not a possibility. His definition is considered a classic: