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37—Jerome, the Curmudgeonly Commentator catholicculture Jerome is renowned for his biblical studies and translations, The Church invokes him as Doctor, Father, and Saint. Yet he is just as …More
37—Jerome, the Curmudgeonly Commentator catholicculture
Jerome is renowned for his biblical studies and translations, The Church invokes him as Doctor, Father, and Saint. Yet he is just as famous for his curmudgeonly character. He clashed with Augustine and Rufinus, disdained Ambrose and Chrysostom. His insults stand with the best of Mark Twain and Groucho Marx. He is often depicted angry in works of art, and the poet Phyllis McGinley said: “He wasn’t a plaster sort of saint.” Links Justin McClain’s splendid collection, The Quotable Saint Jerome, https://www.amazon.com/Quotable-Saint... J.N.D. Kelly’s biography, Jerome: His Life, Writings, and Controversies, https://www.amazon.com/Jerome-His-Lif... Jerome, Letter 57: to Pammachius on the Best Method of Translating catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm Jerome, Against Vigilantius (who rejected the veneration of relics and other traditional practices) catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm Jerome, The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary, against Helvidius catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm Jerome, Lives of Illustrious Men (an early work of patristics) catholicculture.org/culture/library/fathers/view.cfm Mike Aquilina’s website fathersofthechurch.com