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Leonardo Castellani


Leonardo Castellani , was an Argentine essayist, novelist, poet and theologian.

Ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1930, he studied Philosophy and Theology in Rome. Back in his country, he worked in the Catholic press and went into politics as a representative of Catholic nationalism. He was among the candidates of the Alianza Nacionalista party for a seat in Congress in the 1946 elections. Between 1946 and 1949 he clashed with his own Society of Jesus, who promptly sent him to a two year confinement in Manresa (Spain). After his petition to assist his brother's funeral was refused, Castellani escaped from Manresa returning to Argentina. He was then expelled from the order and suspended from his functions as a priest, which were repristinated in 1966.

Castellani has left a considerable bulk of essays, novels, tales and poetry. Among the wide range of subjects he tackled, his religious writings deserve a special place, especially his sermons on the gospels and his exegesis of Johns Apocalypse. His prolific intellectual production includes a commented edition of St. Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologica. One of his last books is dedicated to Soren Kierkegaard, for whom he nurtured a great admiration. Father Castellanis style is forceful, lively and of an acute intelligence.

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