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Monday, August 11, 2008

0031: Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas (II)

Entry 0031:

Following the indications of Fides et Ratio, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has underscored the Church’s teaching concerning the authority of Saint Thomas Aquinas. On Sunday, 28 January 2007, in St Peter’s Square, Rome, the Pope began his Reflection before the Recitation of the Angelus with the following observation,

Today the liturgical calendar commemorates St Thomas Aquinas, the great Doctor of the Church. With his charism as a philosopher and theologian, he offered an effective model of harmony between reason and faith, dimensions of the human spirit that are completely fulfilled in the encounter and dialogue with one another. According to St Thomas’ thought, human reason, as it were, ‘breathes:’ it moves within a vast open horizon in which it can express the best of itself. When, instead, man reduces himself to thinking only of material objects or those that can be proven, he closes himself to the great questions about life, himself and God and is impoverished.
Without making explicit reference to the doctrine of the actus essendi, Benedict XVI emphasizes that the philosophy of being as developed by Aquinas stands to reason, because of its full and comprehensive openness to reality.