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37—Jerome, the Choleric Commentator

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Apr 14, 2021 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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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 sharpness in dispute. He clashed with Augustine and Rufinus, disdained Ambrose and Chrysostom. His put-downs stand with the best of Mark Twain and Groucho Marx.


Justin McClain’s splendid collection, The Quotable Saint Jerome,

J.N.D. Kelly’s biography, Jerome: His Life, Writings, and Controversies,

Jerome, Letter 57: to Pammachius on the Best Method of Translating

Jerome, Against Vigilantius (who rejected the veneration of relics and other traditional practices)

Jerome, The Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary, against Helvidius

Jerome, Lives of Illustrious Men (an early work of patristics)

Catholic Culture Audiobooks reading Against Helvidius: On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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