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Monday, September 13, 2010

0139: Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas (XIV)

Entry 0139: Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas (XIV)

On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the Holy Father paid a short visit to Carpineto Romano (in Italy,) the birthplace of his predecessor Pope Leo XIII. The short visit included the celebration of Holy Mass commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Leo XIII. In the homily Benedict XVI mentioned the appreciation Leo XIII had for the teachings of the Angelic Doctor and stressed the importance of the philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Here is what the Pope said:

Every Pastor is called to pass on to the People of God "wisdom" not abstract truths; in other words a message that combines faith and life, truth and practical reality. Pope Leo XIII, with the help of the Holy Spirit was able to do this in one of the most difficult periods of history for the Church by, staying faithful to tradition and, at the same time, measuring up to the great open questions. And he succeeded precisely on the basis of "Christian wisdom", founded on the Sacred Scriptures, on the immense theological and spiritual patrimony of the Catholic Church and also on the sound and crystal clear philosophy of St Thomas Aquinas, whom he esteemed highly and promoted throughout the Church.

The original Italian, the English translation reported here, and translations into other languages can be found in the Official Web Site of the Holy See, at (accessed September 12, 2010).