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Memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori

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Today is the memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), the founder of the Redemptorists. Benedict XVI gave a catechism on him. About Alphonsus Liguori being a Doctor of the Church, the Pope says:

This title was bestowed on him for many reasons. First of all, because he proposed a rich teaching of moral theology, which adequately expresses Catholic doctrine, to the point that Pope Pius XII proclaimed him "patron of all confessors and moral theologians." Widespread at his time was a very rigorous interpretation of moral life, also because of the Jansenist mentality that, instead of nourishing trust and hope in God’s mercy, fomented fear and presented God’s face as frowning and severe, very far from that revealed to us by Jesus.

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Alphonsus Liguori fought against Jansenism. Below are some articles on the web regarding this "radical Augustinian movement"

Alphonsus Liguori on the Web

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