The Eucharist and the Scandal of Particularity

“In some real sense it is true to say: ignorance of ontology is ignorance of Christ,” argues a recent Christological treatise. If this is true, then by extension it is also true of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The harmony of faith and reason demand that our knowing Christ in the Sacrament … Continue reading The Eucharist and the Scandal of Particularity

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Waldstein on Integralism

For those interested in a deeper, theological and metaphysical defense of integralism, consider Pater Edmund Waldstein’s recent essay at Church Life Journal, “Integralism and the Logic of the Cross.” It is in response to an earlier CLJ essay by Timothy Troutner, “The Integralist Mirroring of Liberal Ideals.” Troutner himself cites an earlier essay by Pater Edmund at CLJ, … Continue reading Waldstein on Integralism

Sacra Doctrina Project

Tradition, as Josef Pieper describes it, is something handed down from an original divine encounter. This is tradition in the primary sense—all other uses of the word are analogical. The sense of tradition that is first to us includes human traditions, and most of all traditions that pass on knowledge. These senses are all to … Continue reading Sacra Doctrina Project

Christology, hermeneutics, and cosmology

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P., in his recent book, The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology (2015), has given us not only a magisterial tour-de-force but also a beautiful and moving example of the riches of theological reflection and sapiential fruit that are available in the return to Thomistic Christological science. I wish to highlight two … Continue reading Christology, hermeneutics, and cosmology

The Shroud of Our Salvation

John Locke complains: I find every sect, as far as reason will help them, make use of it gladly: and where it fails them, they cry out, it is matter of faith, and above reason. And I do not see how they can argue, with any one, or ever convince a gainsayer who makes use … Continue reading The Shroud of Our Salvation

Laudato Si’, the Natural Philosopher, and the Common Good

Leslie Armour notes that Charles De Koninck was writing before "ecology" had become a catch word, before anyone had thought of "green parties" and before the contemporary animal rights movements had caught the popular imagination. But he had devoted much of his life to the philosophy of science, and he feared that a growing movement toward … Continue reading Laudato Si’, the Natural Philosopher, and the Common Good