martes, 17 de julio de 2012
jueves, 12 de julio de 2012
Miercoles 11 Jul 2012 | 09:57 am
Buenos Aires (AICA): Recientemente se desarrolló en el Vaticano la Asamblea de la Pontificia Academia de Santo Tomás de Aquino, a la que, además de Mons. Héctor Aguer, asistieron, en calidad de socios ordinarios, dos integrantes de la Sociedad Tomista Argentina: su presidenta, Dra. María Celestina Donadío Maggi de Gandolfi, y el Pbro Dr. Julio Raúl Méndez. Ambos académicos argentinos expusieron en la sesión dedicada a analizar la encíclica Veritatis Splendor con especial referencia a las doctrinas tomasianas que la inspiran.
martes, 10 de julio de 2012
Is Theology a Science or is it Dialectical? St. Thomas' Nuanced Position
The following is an excerpt from a paper I recently presented at a conference titled Saint Thomas d'Aquin et ses sources Arabs / Aquinas and the Arabs at the Sorbonne in Paris (which is, coincidentally, the modern successor institution of the medieval University of Paris, where St. Thomas taught). The title of the paper was: "Averroes and Aquinas on the Dialectical Nature of Revealed Theology."
Two of the greatest Aristotelian commentators, Averroes and Aquinas, used the Aristotelian distinction between demonstrative, dialectical, and rhetorical discourses to assign an epistemological status to religious or theological knowledge, that is, to conclusions drawn from revelation. But their respective views on this point turned out to be very different, even opposite. Averroes considered religious knowledge to be dialectical in nature, whereas Aquinas believed revealed Christian theology to be a demonstrative science. The author shows that both of these greater Aristotelian commentators strive, although very differently, to be faithful to Aristotle concerning the epistemological status of theology. Ultimately, however, their approaches converge, particularly insofar as in both accounts, theology is dialectical in nature, at least in a qualified sense in the case of Aquinas.
miércoles, 4 de julio de 2012
martes, 3 de julio de 2012
Cardinals, scholars ponder St. Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II
CWN - July 03, 2012
Over 50 scholars and prelates, including 10 cardinals, gathered at the Vatican from June 29 to July 1 for the twelfth plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. The topic of the meeting was “The Thomistic Legacy in Blessed John Paul II and His Refounding of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.”
Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who spoke on “Work and the Human Subject,” recalled in an interview with Vatican Radio that the Pontiff worked to revive interest in St. Thomas, who “remains the primary thinker in our history who brings together faith and reason.”
“One of the ways he did that," Cardinal George continued, "was to use phenomenology in a way similar to the way Aquinas used Aristotle. That is, faith in conversation with philosophical studies comes to develop theologies that change from time to time. Faith remains the same, but theologies can be different.”
Other speakers at the meeting included Cardinal Raymond Burke (“The Importance of St. Thomas’ Metaphysics in the Training of Priests”), Cardinal Angelo Sodano (“The Vocation to Participate in Christ’s Ministry”), Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re (“Prayer and Action in Blessed John Paul II”), and Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia (“The Crisis of Truth in Seminaries and Universities”).