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Monday, July 7, 2008

0026: Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas (I)

Entry 0026:

During his Apostolic Journey to Germany on the occasion of the XX World Youth Day, as he was ‘singing’ the praises of the city of Cologne, Pope Benedict XVI remarked,

I would like to recall that… Thomas Aquinas, the greatest theologian of the West, studied and taught here (Address at the Cathedral of Cologne, 18 August 2005).
When Benedict XVI identifies Aquinas as the greatest theologian of the West, the emphasis falls on the fact that the Pope’s affirmation is an integral part of the Ordinary Magisterium of the Church, a point worth revisiting.