Thomistic Renaissance - The Natural Moral Law: The Reawakening of Scholasticism in Catholic Teaching As Evidenced by Pope John Paul II in Veritatis Splendor

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Universal-Publishers, 2004 - Philosophy - 140 pages
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This dissertation seeks to establish that there is a renaissance of Thomistic Philosophy in the Post-Conciliar Catholic Church, specifically a reawakening of Scholasticism, as evidenced by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Veritatis Splendor. The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) ushered in a new era for the Roman Catholic religion prompted by the desire of Pope John XXIII to have the 2,000 year old institution catch up with the modern world and address current problems as well as present the ancient faith in contemporary ways. Prior to Vatican II, there was a monolithic way to explain faith and reason. Theology and Philosophy were rigidly taught via textbook manuals according to a norm established under Pope Pius X who vigorously denounced the errors of Modernism in his encyclical Pascendi (1907). His immediate predecessor, Pope Leo XIII had issued Aeterni Patris (1879) which directed a restoration of the pre-eminence of Thomistic philosophy. Unfortunately, the neo-Thomism of the Leonine papacy was not as resilient as the classical Thomism before it. This paper intends to show the development of the Natural Moral Law doctrine from its beginnings to its most famous herald followed by a systematic review of Veritatis Splendor in order to show that Thomism is indeed alive and well in Catholic thought and has once again captured the imprimatur of Papal endorsement. While there are many non-Catholic theologians and moralists who dispute some or all of the major tenets and propositions of the Natural Law as the means to discern ethical behavior, Pope John Paul II makes it clear where he wants to shepherd the Roman Catholic religion in terms of morality, faith and reason.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Natural Moral Law Ancient Aristotle
17
Zeno
22
Cicero
24
Marcus Aurelius
28
Augustine
29
Aquinas
31
Grotius
49
Natural Law the Supreme Court and Senator Biden
82
CHAPTER 5 Thomistic Revival Natural Law Revisited
93
Rev James V Schall SJ PhD
94
Russell Hlttinger
97
William E May
99
Robert P George
103
Charles Rice
105
Conclusion
109

Leo XIII
52
Maritain
56
Splendor of Truth Veritatis Splendor
59
BIBLIOGRAPHY
118
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Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., PhD, ThD, a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, serves as the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel (Marysville, Pennsylvania) and St. Bernadette Catholic Churches (Duncannon, Pennsylvania). He is the president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy and executive editor of its quarterly journal, "Sapientia" magazine. Father Trigilio is a co-host of two weekly TV series on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN): "Web of Faith" and "Council of Faith." He also serves as a theological consultant and online spiritual advisor for EWTN. He's been listed in "Who's Who in America" in 1993 and "Who's Who in Religion" in 1999 and is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) in 1988.

Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, PhD, a native of New Britain, Connecticut, serves as pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church (Raritan, New Jersey). He is the managing editor of "Sapientia" magazine, a member of the board of directors for the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, and co-host of "Council of Faith," a weekly TV series on EWTN. Father Brighenti also served as a U.S. Naval Reserve Chaplain for ten years and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Metuchen (New Jersey) in 1988. He and Father Trigilio co-authored "Catholicism For Dummies" (2003) and "The Everything Bible Book" (2004).

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