Separation and the River Forest Debate

The suggestion may be naive. Here 't goes. The debate is well known. Is proof of the existence of a being that cannot be material required before the separatio of being from matter can be achieved? Gilsonians say no; River Forest / Laval Thomism says yes. 

Remark: The Platonists seem to have a valid argument for The One from the many. (Though perhaps someone will dispute this. I find it compelling.) Yet, they reject the predicates "Being" and "Intelligence", etc., for The One. 

Thus, the question: Is it even sufficient to infer The One in order to determine the freedom of some perfection from limitation? 

Thomas Aquinas and Judaism

Anyone interested in “The Gifts and the Calling of God are Irrevocable” might also be interested in Matthew Levering, Christ's Fulfillment of Torah and Temple: Salvation according to Thomas Aquinas:

Unlike the recent non-magisterial document, Thomas's view is based on a sound interpretation of Scripture and Catholic belief.  The document more or less either ignores or sets aside the important distinctions and issues that Thomas addresses.



St. Thomas says Gay is OK?

Does anybody know if this description of Fr. Oliva's book is accurate?  I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy.  With the media and blogs now, I don't know what to believe.  Should we just classify it with reports that the Pope is a heretic on the subjects of marriage, the sacraments, and communion for non-Catholics?

Someone just sent this:  Unless I don't understand what he is saying, the President of the Leonine Commission rejects the Catholic faith and lacks a basic understanding of philosophical issues in natural philosophy and ethics.  Incredible.  If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, it descends into a completely confused silliness around 13:32.  But who has time to waste any more effort on it?


Selling body parts

Thomistica contributor Michael Dauphinais has a new essay at Crisis Magazine entitled "Laudato Si' and the Selling of Body Parts." I think it will be of interest to many readers. Here is an excerpt:

It is no accident, however, that the modern technological paradigm that challenges the uniqueness of human beings also undermines moral truths. Pope Francis writes, “Human ecology also implies another profound reality: the relationship between human life and the moral law, which is inscribed in our nature and is necessary for the creation of a more dignified environment” (LS 155); he then quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who “spoke of an ‘ecology of man,’ based on the fact that ‘man too has a nature that he must respect and that he cannot manipulate at will’” (LS 155). Such manipulation is seen most clearly in abortion, when more powerful human beings end the life of the less powerful. This is why the references to embryos and abortion are not extraneous to the encyclical.

A connected thought... Isn't it interesting that, on the one hand, there is in the West (and quite clearly in the US) a rage for the "natural" and the "organic," when it comes to food, while, on the other hand, also in the West, there is rampant skepticism and sometimes outright denial of the organic and natural in the human context.