The homily has sparked some controversy on FB.
My comment on the use of intellectual history:
"Too often intellectual history is used (poorly) as a substitute for real philosophy/theology - and in the case of theology, what is needed is an engagement with the sources and authorities so that these are understood well. Undoubtedly a good Latin theologian familiar with the various schools or traditions in Western Christendom will dispute the points made in Abbot Nicholas's homily, and I personally think it might have been better if he had refrained from attempting a comparison within the homily, and just focused on the "positive." But as someone who seeks to bring healing, he may have felt justified in making this correction, though we would disagree with his diagnosis."