woensdag, mei 30, 2018

Interessante quote

Ross Douthat: "...a religion that claims to be divinely established cannot persuade without a lot of fascination, and far too much of that has been given up, consigned to the museum, as Western Catholicism has traced its slow decline."

Lees de hele column hier.

zaterdag, mei 26, 2018

Prophetic words 2.0

Aartsbisschop Charles J. Chaput: "What happens in Germany will not stay in Germany. History has already taught us that lesson once." Source.

vrijdag, mei 04, 2018

Prophetic words

Cardinal Jean-Baptiste-François Pitra OS.B. (1812-1889)

"Quoi. Convoquer un concile! Mais les théologiens français et allemands 
viendraient bouleverser nos Congrégations"
Source: Carlo Snider, Pio IX nella luce dei processi canonici 
(Studi Piani 8, Città del Vaticano, 1992, p. 84)

dinsdag, februari 20, 2018

Father Walter Senner O.P.: List of publications (2)

As an update of my post on Father Senner's writings in 2009, here are the additional entries:



2016
Die deutschen Dominikaner und Dominikanerinnen im Mittelalter, eds. Heusinger, Sabine von, Füllenbach, Elias H., Senner, Walter, De Gruyter: Berlin, 2016. (Quellen und Forschungen zur Geschichte des Dominikanerordens – Neue Folge 21).
„Einleitung“ (with Klaus-Bernward Springer), in: Die deutschen Dominikaner und Dominikanerinnen im Mittelalter, eds. Heusinger, Sabine von, Füllenbach, Elias H., Senner, Walter, De Gruyter: Berlin, 2016, XIX-XXVI
„Konsens, Konflikt, päpstlicher Eingriff“, in: Die deutschen Dominikaner und Dominikanerinnen im Mittelalter,  eds. Heusinger, Sabine von, Füllenbach, Elias H., Senner, Walter, De Gruyter: Berlin, 2016, 383-401.
 „Meister Eckhart und Heinrich Seuse: Lese- oder Lebemeister - Student oder geistlicher Jünger?“, in: Schüler und Meister, eds. Speer, Andreas, Jeschke, Thomas, De Gruyter: Berlin, 2016, 277-313 (Miscellanea Mediaevalia 39).
 „Dominikanische Mystik“, in: Mehr als Schwarz und Weiß. 800 Jahre Dominikanerorden, ed.  Biber, Susanne, Pustet: Regensburg, 2016, 207-221.

2015
Bewahren und bewähren : historische und politische Theologie im Anschluss an Thomas von Aquin / Tiemo Rainer Peters/Walter Senner. Hrsg. von Thomas Eggensperger, Ostfildern : Matthias-Grünewald-Verl., 2015.
„Procesos del Maestro Eckhart“, in: AnáMnesis vol. 25 (2015), 95-130.
„Zur Geschichte der Kölner Dombibliothek und ihrer Handschriftenbestände“, in: Mittelalterliche Handschriften der Kölner Dombibliothek: sechstes Symposion der Diözesan- und Dombibliothek Köln zu den Dom-Manuskripten; (28. und 29. November 2014), ed. Harald Horst, Köln, 185-220 (Libelli Rhenani 62).
De unione Verbi incarnati / Thomas Aquinas. Transl., introd. and notes by Roger W. Nutt.. Latin text by Walter Senner, Barbara Bartocci, and Klaus Obenauer, Leuven: Peeters, 2015 (Dallas medieval texts and translations 21).

2013
„Meister Eckhart's Life, Training, Career, and Trial“, in: A Companion to Meister Eckhart, ed. Jeremiah Hackett, Leiden: Brill, 2013, 7-84. (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 36).
„Meister Eckhart als Ordensmann“, in: Meister Eckhart im Original,  eds. Löser, Freimut and Mieth, Dietmar, Stuttgart, 2013, 1-30. (Meister-Eckhart-Jahrbuch 7).
„Appendix: Dominican Education“, in: A Companion to Meister Eckhart, ed. Jeremiah Hackett, Leiden: Brill, 2013, 711-724 (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 36).

2012
„Meister Eckharts Prozesse“ in: Mystik, Recht und Freiheit. Religiöse Erfahrung und kirchliche Institutionen im Spätmittelalter, eds. Mieth, Dietmar, Müller-Schauenburg, Britta, Kohlhammer: Stuttgart, 2012, 69-95.

2011
Thomas von Aquin, Quaestio disputata "De unione verbi incarnati" ("Über die Union des fleischgewordenen Wortes") / Übers., ausführlicher wiss. Kommentar und theol.-theologiegeschichtliche Reflexion von Klaus Obenauer. Lat. Text erstellt von Walter Senner et alii., Stuttgart- Bad Cannstatt : Frommann-Holzboog, 2011.

2009
Alberts des Großen Verständnis von Theologie und Philosophie. (Lectio Albertina 9) Münster: Aschendorff, 2009, IV, 65 p.
„La cuestión de la verdad en Roberto Grosseteste“ , in: AnáMnesis vol. 19, 2 (2009) 1-16.
„La verdad, en Alberto Magno y en Tomás de Aquino“, in: AnáMnesis vol. 19, 1 (2009) 75-127

woensdag, februari 14, 2018

Een opmerkelijke column




Aartsbisschop Charles Chaput van Philadelphia (Bron)

“History is a great teacher, sometimes in unusual and very personal ways.  Here’s an example.
Reading the Reichskonkordat (“Reich concordat” with the German state) today, 85 years after its 1933 signing, sparks some interesting thoughts.  Structured as a treaty to govern the relations between the Holy See and German government, the text is remarkably positive.  It’s also thorough.  As deals go, this was a good one.  The state got a stable legal relationship with a well-organized, potentially troublesome, and internationally connected religious minority.  The Church got protection for her people.
A few problematic passages in the text do exist.  Article 14.2 obliges the Church to consult the German Reich on the appointment of archbishops and coadjutors.  Article 16 requires new bishops to take an oath of loyalty to the state.  But details like these weren’t unknown in Europe’s historical context.  The concordat’s guarantees of Church freedom to profess and practice the Catholic faith, and to pursue Catholic education and social ministries without interference, are extensive, explicit, and generous.
They were also empty.  The Reich began violating the deal almost as soon as the ink on the treaty was dry.  State pressure on Church life was so harsh by 1937 — just four years later — that Pius XI’s encyclical, Mit brennender Sorge (“With burning concern”) had to be smuggled into the country.  It was read from all of Germany’s pulpits on Palm Sunday of that year.  In it, the Holy Father condemned the Reich’s (Nazi-directed) neo-paganism, race hatred, “Aryanized” Christianity, widespread attack on human rights, and contempt for the Old Testament.  In response, the state simply doubled down on its pressure.
What’s the lesson here?  It’s this:  If you sup with the devil (so the proverb warns), you’d better bring a long spoon.  It’s probably a bad idea in the first place.
But there’s more.  As it is in diplomacy and politics, so it is in every person’s individual life.  The deals we make with the world, and the flesh, and the devil, always go south.  The line dividing good and evil is usually — not always, but usually — pretty bright for anyone who wants to see it.  Most of us really don’t want to see it, of course, because doing so would cramp our own daily behavior.  We negotiate little “concordats” with our favorite personal sins, ugly habits and dictatorial appetites all the time.
If we’re constantly angry, it’s because everybody else is so unfair.  If we’re hooked on porn, surely cutting back to just an hour of it every day is “better” than three.  If alcohol’s the problem, four drinks is obviously “better” than six — right?  For every forbidden, hurtful, dishonest thing we like to do, we’re experts at self-deceit; at training our consciences to perform like pets … well-manicured poodles that offer us alibis on demand, like:
“I didn’t have a choice;” or
“Hey, there were extenuating circumstances;” or
“The Church is out of touch;” or
“There’s a new paradigm for thinking about this particular unpleasantness;” or
“I know it’s not ideal, but this is the best I could do;” or
“There’s been a revolution in Church thinking on all sorts of complex issues — like mine;” or
“OK this is wrong, but it’s not THAT bad.”
We all have a barrel of excellent excuses.  You do.  I do.  And we add to them all the time.
February 14 this year is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.  It’s the day on which a loving God invites all of us to smash our miserable little concordats with sin and its alibis to bits.  The teaching of the Church – rooted in the Word of God, confirmed by experience, consistent in its expression, sometimes difficult but always liberating – is the standard of holiness and the guide to our Father’s expectations.  We need to cling to it, confident in God’s mercy, in judging our own actions and redirecting our lives, no matter how radically that new path demands.
So may God grant all of us a holy and fruitful Lent, and I ask you to pray for me, as I will pray for you.”

vrijdag, februari 02, 2018

The scientific activities of Father Leo Elders svd

This is our seventh installment in our series of yearly updates on the scientific activities of Father Leo Elders svd.

We are happy to announce that Father Elders’ retirement from teaching as of June 2016 (see our post here) has not resulted in his retirement from researching and writing on St. Thomas.

In 2016 the French translation of his Dutch book Thomas van Aquino. Over hoofdthema’s van het christelijk geloof was published as Entrer dans les mystères de la foi avec saint Thomas d’Aquin by Les Presses universitaires de l’IPC in Paris.

He also prepared the English translation of his Thomas d’Aquin et ses prédécesseurs which will be published shortly by The Catholic University of America Press and is entitled Thomas Aquinas and his predecessors : the philosophers and the church fathers in his works.


Most of his time, however, has been devoted to writing a new book in which he investigates all of Aquinas’ commentaries on Aristotle and discuses Aquinas’ interpretation of Aristotle’s text. Originally written in English, he prepared a French version which has been published  under the title Aristote et Thomas d’Aquin (Les Presses universitaires de l’IPC, Paris, 2018, 650 p. ISBN 979-10-93043-23-4). The English original is scheduled to be published in 2018 as well.

Currently he is preparing articles on St. Ambrose in Aquinas’ works and the Alexandrian (Athanasius and Cirillus) and Cappadocian Fathers (Basil, Gregory of Nanzianze and Gregory of Nyssa) in the works of St. Thomas.