Bonaventure, Scotus, Newman

This lengthy passage is taken from The Newman-Scotus Reader, contained in the essay titled, Scotus and Newman in Dialogue by Peter Damian Fehlner: "Frequent reference in this conference to theological-metaphysical views of St. Bonaventure as a basis for understanding those of Scotus and the many parallel patterns of thought in Scotus and Newman, obviously implies … Continue reading Bonaventure, Scotus, Newman

The Franciscan Thesis & St. Francis de Sales

Saint Anselm once asked the question, Cur Deus Homo? Why the God-man? The Franciscan thesis on this matter, systematically articulated by Bl. John Duns Scotus, is that the Incarnate Christ, the God-man would have taken place in salvific history with or without sin the sin of Adam. That is, the Incarnation is not contingent upon … Continue reading The Franciscan Thesis & St. Francis de Sales

Marian Metaphysics

"This invocation may serve as the introduction and conclusion of this study: Mary is the Mother of Faith, and therefore the Magistra theologia par excellence, the model and guide and final support of all who study or teach about God. Without her love and active involvement in our lives, and a corresponding love and unconditional … Continue reading Marian Metaphysics

Finding Your Catholic Voice: The Franciscan Turn

“The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition is a philosophical and theological expression of understanding the Catholic faith. As a philosophy and theology, this tradition is one of several major interpretations of this faith. In the history of the western Catholic Church, two other major traditions have enriched the Catholic faith: the Dominican Intellectual Tradition, centered on the … Continue reading Finding Your Catholic Voice: The Franciscan Turn

Saint Robert Bellarmine Examines the Attacks Against the Roman Pontiff

Wherefore, that I should pass over the rest, which would take a very long time to enumerate, where is the consensus in doctrine, the bond of peace, the unity of Faith, where is the very salvation and life of religion, unless it is from this see? Otherwise, why is it that the heretics of our … Continue reading Saint Robert Bellarmine Examines the Attacks Against the Roman Pontiff

Rosaries, Not Republicans, Will Save Our Nation

Regardless of who’s to blame, it should be clear by now that the sweeping Republican victory last November didn’t transform us into a God-fearing nation. Despite a number of significant improvements that have come about since the last election, Americans still murder thousands of unborn children every day. Americans still publicly celebrate abominable sins. American … Continue reading Rosaries, Not Republicans, Will Save Our Nation

A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory

A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory. Taking into account the varying opinions of the Neo-Scholastic authorities on several points, the following precisions of doctrine may now be made: 1. The right of war is odious. That this right exists in certain circumstances cannot be denied; but it is a regrettable necessity, and … Continue reading A Summary of Neo-Scholastic Doctrine on Just War Theory

A Summary of St. Augustine’s Doctrine on Just War Theory

A summary of St. Augustine’s doctrine on Just War: A. There is a greater merit in preventing war by peaceful negotiation and conciliation than in vindicating rights by bloodshed. B. Peace attained by conciliation is better than peace attained by victory. C. There is a natural society of mankind which gives rise to certain rights … Continue reading A Summary of St. Augustine’s Doctrine on Just War Theory