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The Popes on St Thomas

I. Pope Paul VI on St Thomas Aquinas

On 5th December, 1974, Pope Paul VI published an Apostolic Letter to the Master General of the Dominican Order on the Seventh Centenary of death of St Thomas Aquinas in which he stressed the importance of the perennial philosophy of St Thomas in the Church and in her teachings.  An English translation of the letter has been generally unavailable on the internet. more

II. Pope John Paul on St Thomas Aquinas

On 13th September, 1980, Pope John Paul II addressed the participants in the Eighth International Thomistic Congress stressing the fundamental place in Catholic philosophy and theology of the teaching of St Thomas Aquinas. We have reproduced here a transcript of the report in L'Osservatore Romano. more

III. Commentary on 24 Theses of St Thomas Aquinas

The Sacred Congregation of Studies back in July 1914, endorsed certain theses of St Thomas to be adhered to rigorously by teachers in Catholic seminaries and houses of formation.  The document so published was referred to recently by Dr John Lamont in a paper on the Rorate Caeli blogsite.  We set out a short commentary on the document (reproduced in an English translation in the appendix) to assist those who may be unfamiliar with St Thomas’s thought.  more