Westminster: The Newman Press, 1961. First edition. Octavo, original crimson cloth, crimson top edge, original dust jacket. Book about-fine with "ursuline nuns" written in ink to front pastedown. Dust jacket is near-fine with only modest creasing and rubbing to edges. A near-fine copy. Item #263
"LOVE IS A MARVELLOUS AND HEAVENLY THING. IT NEVER TIRES AND NEVER THINKS THAT IT HAS DONE ENOUGH.
LOVE TACKLES WORK NO MATTER HOW ARDUOUS, AND IN ITS LEXICON IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND THE WORD IMPOSSIBLE" First American edition of this biography of the great apologist and theologian, abridged and revised from Father Brodrick's own pioneering two-volume biography of 1928, and published in the same year as the first British edition. Bellarmine "was the most illustrious defender of the traditional faith in the polemics with the Protestants" and "his defense of papal prerogatives exerted enormous influence on the development of the doctrine of papal infallibility. His concept of the Church appears extremely juridicial today, but it remained the standard Catholic one until Vatican II." (Thomas Bokenkotter, A Concise History of the Catholic Church). The Jesuit Cardinal was prominent in the confrontations with Giordano Bruno and Galileo and he was canonized in 1930 and declared a Doctor of the Church. With frontispiece portrait after Valdor of Liege (circa 1626) and Father Brodrick's dedication "To The Rector, Minister, Professors and Students of Heythrop College, Oxfordshire. Dedicated to Saint Robert Bellarmine." Approbations.