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Adelaide Southern Cross (Newspaper) - May 30, 1947, Adelaide, South Australia National Library of Australia University professor beatified Contardo Ferrin outstanding in Faith and intellect the venerable Contardo Ferrini professor of roman la wat the universities of Messina Modena and Pavia during the height of italian agnosticism and anti clericalism was declared blessed in a ceremony accompanied by the solemn rites of the Church on sunday april 13. More than 400 european University professors and thou Sands of graduates and undergraduates assembled in the Basilica of St. Peter to witness the Triumph of one of them selves who had proved in his life that there is no conflict Between True science and True Faith. Ryphe decree of beatification was read and Contardo Ferrini for Mally Given the title blessed at pontifical High mass celebrated in St. Peter s on the morning of Low Sun Day. In the late afternoon his holi Ness Pope Pius Xii gave Benediction of the blessed sacrament in the Basilica and venerated the relics of the new Beatus. The tens of thousands who thronged the great Church for both ceremonies included Many who had known blessed Contardo during his lifetime and who had been taught by him in the Early Days of their student life at one or other of the universities in which he had held the chair of roman Law he died on october 17, 1902, and his process towards the honors of the Church has been remarkably Swift. Perhaps that is because the vigor of his Faith and the Sanctity of his life stand out All the More vividly against the background of intellectual scepticism in which he lived. Brilliant student Contardo Ferrini was born in Milan in 1859, and received baptism there in the same Church in which Frederic Ozanak the. Founder of the St. Vin cent de Paul society had been christened half a Century earlier. As a student of Law at a via he was sur rounded by a hostile atmosphere of irreligion and anti clericalism similar to that which Ozanak encountered in Paris. From the Start of his studies Fer Rini encountered opposition to the deep catholicism of his life. His biographer recounts How he ran foul of the most influential members of the Stu Dent body when on the occasion of a eucharistic procession in the City he deemed it an Honor to carry the canopy above the blessed sacrament. He was informed that it ill became a member of the University thus to encourage clerical his reply was prompt and characteristic of his whole Outlook. On the contrary he said it is most fit and proper that the University represented even in Humble fashion by my self should pay homage to the majesty of at the age of Twenty he took his Law degree with a thesis in latin and with honors higher than that Ever previously granted to a student of the University of Pavia. Then he passed on to Berlin to undertake a course of Post graduate studies. German interlude in Berlin he found the same Atmos phere of anti religious feeling and bitterness towards the Faith although in less degree than might have been expected. The persecution of the Church known As the Kultur amp engineered by the German Chancel Lor Bismarck had spent its greatest fury but the intellectual world still regarded catholicism As a stumbling Block to scientific Progress. Ferrini proved it wrong. His re searches into the Fields of byzantine and roman penal Law were so fruit Ful and scientific that the great Ger Man historian Mommsen is reported to have stated that owing to Fer Rini s work the Primacy in that difficult Branch of learning had passed from Germany to Italy. In Berlin As in Italy prayer and his daily communion were the very foundation of his life. It was Dur ing this period also that he made a vow of chastity which he preserved inviolate until his death. By Means of such Complete Dedica Tion of himself to god within his profession and his daily work he fought the notion of Auguste comte which was then popular in German circles that science would soon be Able to conduct god with Honor to the Frontier of its Domain thanking him for his provisional italian tasks at the end of his successful studies in Berlin Contardo Ferrini returned to Italy first going As professor of his subject roman Law to the University of Messina he found that the names of Dar win and Haeckel still cast a spell Over italian University life. To criticise the hypothesis of Monistic evolution was deemed utterly in scientific. Openly to profess oneself a Catholic was interpreted As Lack of patriotic Devotion to the new born italian state. Hence an atmosphere of suspicion was added to the hostility he had known before and dogged him throughout his career. Nevertheless he won promotion to the University of Modena and then to the More important Centre of Pavia where he had spent his student Days. Here he furnished a shining example of the Harmony that should always exist Between Faith and science. His example changed the University from a hotbed of anti clerical irreligion into a place where Catholic professors and students could be received with Honor and respected for their intellectual gifts. Early death Contardo Ferrini was truly involved in All the scepticism All the social upheavals and All the erudition of his Day. By temperament he was fiery in the extreme a fire his con temporaries observed which was Al ways controlled by a spirit of Reserve and of tremendous Devotion to duty. He was a personal Friend of the late holy father Pope Pius i with whom he shared an enthusiasm for mountaineering in the Alps where he spent All the vacations he could snatch from his heavy programme of work and study. His death which occurred when he was barely forty three is attributed to the drinking of tainted water Dur ing a Mountain expedition. He contracted typhoid fever during the trip and died hardly a month later. Inner holiness a few years after his death a French professor remarked it seems that Ferrini has descended from his chair of roman Law Only to ascend the altars of the Catholic those words were proven True on sunday april 13, when the Church officially declared him to be among the blessed in Devotion to the blessed eucharist and Complete loyalty to the holy see were two of blessed con Tardo Ferrini s greatest traits. His meditations and Rule of life writ ten Only for private circulation among his friends showed that within his unimpeachable Public and professional life he maintained a vision of god and offered to him through Jesus Christ his every Effort and every out reaching of his soul. 1847-1947 a Century of Good wine 100 years Batter our lady help of christians principal Patron of Australia the Cost of inexperience it often happens that a Man s Friend or relative agrees in All sincerity to act As his executor for this is frequently a false Economy indeed As Many costs and expenses arise in the administration of an estate by an inexperienced individual which whittle away the estate. This can be avoided by the appointment of a trustee company elder s trustee company is fully qualified by Long years of experience to administer estates and trusts efficiently and economically and the advantages of that experience Are available to you for a very moderate charge. 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