Doctor Seraphicus



BONAVENTURE (c. 1217-74), Franciscan theologian, ‘Doctor Seraphicus’. Giovanni di Fidanza probably became a Franciscan in 1243. He taught at Paris. In 1257 he was elected Minister General and he did much to settle internal dissensions in the order. He was mainly responsible for the election of Gregory X in 1271 and in 1273 he was made a Cardinal. He took part in the Council of Lyons in 1274.

As a theologian he had less sympathy with Aristotelian doctrines than did St. Thomas Aquinas. In his Itinerarium Mentis in Deum he emphasized the folly of all human reason when compared with the mystical illumination which God sheds on the faithful Christian. He had a lasting influence as a spiritual writer.

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