Saturday, November 07, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

Zenit: A "Green" Thomism?
Conference Sows Seeds of Catholic Environmentalism

Many other notable philosophers and theologians including Dominican Father Charles Morerod, Janet Smith, Steven Long, Christopher Blum and Stratford Caldecott focused their papers on providing a firm intellectual foundation for a renewed Catholic response to questions of creation and stewardship. Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida, literary historian Joseph Pearce, and Dale Ahlquist of the American Chesterton Society delivered the keynote addresses.
James Chastek, An Aristotelian view of logic vs. an Analytic view

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Zenit: On Theology of the Heart or the Mind
"To Make Truth Triumph in Charity"

Enrico Maria Radaelli

Sandro Magister, "Most Holy Father, in This Era of Irrational Barbarism..."

[Enrico Maria] Radaelli, a disciple of the great Catholic philosopher and philologist Romano Amerio, is a sophisticated scholar of theological aesthetics. His masterpiece is: "Ingresso alla bellezza [Entryway to beauty]," released in 2008, a magnificent introduction into the mystery of God through his "Imago," which is Christ. Beauty as the manifestation of the truth.
(via NLM)

Accademia Aurea Domus / Enrico Maria Radaelli

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sandro Magister, The Theology That Suits the Pope Theologian

It is that of the monasteries and cathedrals of the medieval golden age. Benedict XVI has unveiled its marvels to the pilgrims who flock to the general audience. But he also means to give a lesson to the theologians of today

[Does the method of doing theology for the monastic theologians really differ from that of the scholastics? Do they not both start with the same sources, and reflection upon both? What sort of authorities do the monastic theologians incorporate into their writings? Would it be accurate to say that the major contribution of scholastic theologians is the use of logic? Do any of the monastic theologians incorporate the philosophy of the ancients into their speculation? Do they do any speculation, or is their theology more expository, a fruit of their reflection upon Sacred Scripture?]

James V. Schall, S.J., Last Things: Aquinas’s Oysters

Monday, November 02, 2009

Fr. Michael Sherwin, O.P. alerts us to this video of Cardinal Journet.
A friend and I were talking tonight, and the question arose, to whom do we have a greater obligation, a Catholic or a non-Catholic? This may not necessarily be the same question as, "Whom should we love more?" but I this is the question I will address here. If we accept what Aquinas says about the order of charity, it seems that it may be difficult to know whether a Catholic is actually closer to God than a non-Catholic. (We can certainly imagine that it is possible for a non-Catholic to be holier than a Catholic.) Nonetheless, on the basis of who is closer to us, it seems we should love a Catholic more than a non-Catholic, all other things being equal.