Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza (1200-1271), Dominican Preacher

Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza
Today, October 27th, the universal Church honors Blessed Bartholomew of Vinceza, a great preacher who denounced the heresies of his time.
At the age of 20, he entered the Dominican Order.  After he was ordained a priest, he served in various leadership positions.  He even founded a military order who kept the law, order and peace in areas throughout Italy.
In 1248, Bartholomew was appointed a bishop, but was sent to Cyprus, away from his home of Vicenza (Venice).  An “antipapal” group was involved, as they viewed this transfer as a form of isolation.  Nevertheless, it wasn’t long that he was transferred back to Vicenza.  Again, he strongly addressed the heresies as well as defending the papacy.  Thus, he rebuilt his Diocese and strengthened the Faith of the Congregation.
He was beatified in 1793.  Blessed Bartholomew, we admire your enthusiasm, loyalty, courage, faith, hope and love that you demonstrated by and through your preaching and how you lived your life.  You were not afraid to defend the truths of your Faith in spite of receiving the anger and envy of others.  We could use your love of Truth now, amidst a society of lukewarm cafeteria Catholics, both lay people and clergy.  Pray for us dear and wonderful Bartholomew!

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3 responses to “Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza (1200-1271), Dominican Preacher

  1. Thank you, Joan, for this reminder that there once were brave, principled priests like Blessed Bartholomew of Venice. To your “We could use your love of Truth now, amidst a society of lukewarm cafeteria Catholics, both lay people and clergy,” I add “heretical” to those Catholics, both lay and especially clergy, who should be abjured.

     
  2. “We could use your love of Truth now, amidst a society of lukewarm cafeteria Catholics, both lay people and clergy,” I add “heretical” to those Catholics, both lay and especially clergy, who should be abjured.”
    The Catholic Church is not alone in this. And unfortunately our children are being taught political correctness even in school. I hate that term “political correctness”. There is nothing correct about it. It is simply a perversion of the truth, in other words, a lie. I think we have a lot of cowards in Washington. They are not there to serve to people of this country, they are there to serve themselves, and they don’t want to lose their positions.

     

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