Beyond the tercentenary of the birth of Alphonsue de Liguori in September 1696, we focus our attention on the extensive corpus of his writings, which led to his being declared a doctor of the church in March 1871, in the immediate aftermath of the First Vatican Council. In an age of great philosophical and theological activity - the so-called Age of Enlightenment - he produced over one hundred and ten publications dealing with moral theology , dogmatic theology, and apologetics, spirituality and devotional subjects. His dogamtic writings - some fifteen in all - vindicated the position of the papacy against anti-Roman attitudes prevalent at the time in the Catholic Church. Other dogmatic works helped to clarify the doctrinal basis of devotion to the Sacred Heart and paved the way for the definition of Our Lady's Immaculate Conception.
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