Antonin Sertillanges

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BornAntonin-Dalmace Sertillanges
(1863-11-16)16 November 1863
Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died26 July 1948(1948-07-26) (aged 84)
Sallanches, France
OccupationAuthor, philosopher, priest

Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges, O.P. (French:  [sɛʁtijɑ̃ʒ] ; 16 November 1863 26 July 1948), was a French Catholic philosopher and spiritual writer.



Born Antonin-Dalmace, he took the name Antonin-Gilbert when he entered the Dominican order. In 1893 he founded the Revue Thomiste and later became professor of moral philosophy at the Institut Catholique de Paris. Henri Daniel-Rops wrote that it was rumored that President Raymond Poincaré asked Léon-Adolphe Cardinal Amette, Archbishop of Paris, for a reply to Pope Benedict XV's peace proposals, and that Amette passed the request along to Sertillanges; in any event, Amette gave his imprimatur to this reply on 5 December 1917, five days before it was made public. In The Heroic Life, [1] Sertillanges had defended Benedict's attitude toward peace, but in "The French Peace", [2] Sertillanges said, "Most Holy Father, we cannot for an instant entertain your appeals for peace." [3]

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  1. La vie héroïque, Third Series, 1916, esp. pp. 166184.
  2. Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges (1917), "La paix française", discours prononcé en l'église Sainte-Madeleine le lundi 10 décembre 1917, en la cérémonie religieuse et patriotique prédisée par S.E. le Cardinal Archevêque de Paris, Paris: Blond et Gay.
  3. Henri Daniel-Rops (1964/1967), A Fight for God, 18701939, trans., John Warrington, from L'Église de Révolutions: Un combat pour Dieu, reprint, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Vol. II, Notes to Ch. VII, "War and Peace", p. [243], n. 2.



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