St. Bernard the Protestant?


Well, no, I don’t think so, not really. He seems to have been loyal to the Pope, instrumental in developing devotion to the BVM and all, so I have some doubts…

Here I am starting a wild rumor, and that is that his attacks on papal and episcopal corruption anticipated the Reformation. Something I read seems to have suggested that, but I am NOT arguing that at all. It could have been a hallucination or a fortune cookie. Unfortunately his works seem scarce in English, and I would like to look at his attacks on the Church and see what they were, My Latin ain’t up to it, so I was wondering if anyone had bothered to translate it into our vulgar tongue. And if that anyone had bothered to post it on the internet. And if it is for free, as I am a penny pincher.

Points for proof he held a reformed position on anything! Bonus points for anyone proving he attacked modern Catholic theology! Like I said, I have my doubts…

Points are good only on this thread, and allow you to re-read this post as many times as you want.


Would Saint Bernard call todays Pope a German Shepherd? :smiley:


Prayer to the Shoulder Wound of Jesus

It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked Our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and Our Lord answered: “I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through Its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal sins.”

 (This prayer is not meant to replace confession)


O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I a miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy Flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other Wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen.
Imprimatur: Thomas D. Beven, Bishop of Springfield, Ma.

Pope Eugenius III, at the earnest request of St. Bernard, has granted three thousand years Indulgence to all who with a contrite heart, recite the Lord’s Prayer and Hail Mary 3 times, in honor of the Wound on the Shoulder of Our Blessed Redeemer.


Hi Truth__,

If you read St. Bernard’s biography

you will find that St. Bernard worked with the Holy See on multiple occasions. He did criticize the wordly life of some prelates, and some did change their lives after his remonstrances.



No, i don’t think a saint bernard could be a Protestant. Although i know some Protestants who have been called dogs.



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