The Bellarmine Forum
Founded in 1965 as The Wanderer Forum Foundation
The Bellarmine Forum is a nonprofit public charity incorporated in 1965. It is an independent organization of lay persons that have banded together to promote and defend the Catholic faith handed down as sound doctrines and right thinking of the deposit of faith. The Bellarmine Forum is a tax exempt section 501(c)3 public charity. Donations are tax deductible to fullest extent permitted.
The Bellarmine Forum was founded in 1965 as The Wanderer Forum Foundation, in response to Vatican II as a network of lay Catholics dedicated to the preservation, dissemination, and discussion of orthodox Catholic traditions, faith, and teaching. It has always been a place to discuss and test new ideas against the wisdom of tradition.
Homegrown Common Sense. Based and traditionally most active in the general Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis area, the Forum has had reach and appreciation worldwide in its almost 50 years of existence. Today, this website, our Magazine, and our podcasts, articles, and initiatives such as the Campaign for Humanae Vitae™ reach worldwide. But we are, and always will be, ordinary people from ordinary places like the Midwest.
Created in the Wake of Post-Vatican II Hysteria. In 1965, the media had already run away convincing people that a new faith had been created. The scary part was that people went along with it. In those days, there was no internet, there was not the instant access to Church documents, nor was there as much commentary available that had authoritative analysis and exposition of new ideas in light of the deposit of faith. The news media was the greatest source of information for most people… the problem was that the media is not Catholic, let alone is it a reliable source of truth. Comparing the truth of Vatican II documents against the hysterical misrepresentations really got on our nerves! We set out to be what was needed: a reliable source of church documents, a reliable commentary to promote and defend the faith, and a reliable, loyal place for Catholics to find right thinking on things Catholic and honest debate on current events.
The “S.O.B.s” praised by Fr. Schall. The Bellarmine Forum is comprised of lay people and sinful ones who found that God loves sinners, has mercy on them, and we love Him and the Church He gave us. We kind of like having the rough edges of humanity and are naturally suspicious of things a little too shiny or slick.
Why Change the Name? In 2011, in response the needs of our times and for the graces necessary these days, the Board of Directors decided that the selection of a patron saint was a good step into the future. After deliberations, and much prayer, the sentiment of the Forum was that St. Robert Bellarmine was the ideal patron, and the Bellarmine Forum became the new name in the Spring of 2012.
What is the “Forum” then? The Bellarmine Forum is therefore a network of lay Catholics who have banded together to promote and defend the true teachings of the Catholic Faith. Our purpose is to educate and strengthen in faith all Catholics and their families and inform them on current issues relating to the Church’s teachings; to support and defend the teaching authority of the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth; and to encourage others to observe and uphold their Catholic Faith.