Another Founding Father: Cardinal Robert Bellarmine

Saint Robert Bellarmine

Saint Robert Bellarmine

On this 4th of July we should thank the Lord for the gift of the great Counter-Reformation saint, Saint Robert Bellarmine, who influenced the development of our understanding of human rights.
This essay gives us an insight into the political foundations of self-government expressed by the Roman Catholic cardinal two centuries prior to the foundation of our nation. If you scroll down to the end of the essay the author poses this question, how influential was Cardinal Bellarmine on our founding fathers through his writings communicated through Robert Filmer, who was a critic of the Counter-Reformation understanding of self-government?

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?recnum=6607