|Archbishop of Montevideo|
|Appointed||April 19, 1897|
|Predecessor||Inocencio María Yéregui|
|Successor||Juan Francisco Aragone|
|Ordination||December 21, 1872|
March 25, 1846|
San Carlos, Uruguay
September 26, 1908 62) (aged|
|Buried||Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral|
|Previous post||Bishop of Montevideo|
|Alma mater||South American College|
He was an outstanding intellectual in the area of the scientific and philosophical culture of Uruguay, and a strong defender of the ecclesiastical institutions (i.e., the prerogatives of Roman Catholic church). He was known to be a staunch opponent of the theory of natural selection of Charles Darwin an of Darwinism generally.
Soler was born on March 25, 1846 in San Carlos, Maldonado, Uruguay. In his childhood he received instruction from Fr. Angel Singla. Having expressed interest in ecclesiastical instruction in his adolescence, his family allowed him to enter as a pupil of Don's School (headed by Jaime Roldós y Pons) of Montevideo as a seminarian.
He then entered the university, and completed his seminary degree in Santa Fe. He finished his studies in the Pontifical Colegio Pio Latin American of Rome, being ordained priest on December 20, 1872. Later he obtained the title of Doctor in canon law.
He became the third bishop of Montevideo, on January 29, 1891, succeeding Monsignor Innocent Maria Yéregui. The Pope Leo XIII transformed to Montevideo into a Archbishopric, and, on April 19 of that year, Soler receiveed in Rome the investiture that would make it the first archbishop of Montevideo.
He is buried in an ornate tomb inside the Montevideo Metropolitan Cathedral.
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