Pope appoints new members of the International Theological Commission

Today the Vatican released the names of the 30 members of the International Theological Commission for the new five-year term (2014-2019). Serge-Thomas Bonino, OP, will be returning as the secretary general of the ITC. A press release from the ITC about all of this can be found here. Members of the ITC are proposed by the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in consultation with national bishops' conferences and officially appointed by the pope. The prefect of the CDF serves as the Commission's ex officio president.

Below is the list of the members for 2014-2019 term (taken from the ITC press release):

  • - Fr. Serge Thomas BONINO, OP, Secretary General, France.
  • - Fr. Terwase Henry AKAABIAM, Nigeria;
  • - Sr. Prudence ALLEN, RSM, United States of America;
  • - Sr Alenka ARKO, Loyola Community, Russian Federation - Slovenia;
  • - Msgr. Antonio Luiz CATELAN FERREIRA, Brazil;
  • - Msgr. Piero CODA, Italy;
  • - Fr. Lajos DOLHAI, Hungary;
  • - Fr. Peter DUBOVSKÝ, SJ, Slovakia;
  • - Fr. Mario Angel FLORES RAMOS, Mexico;
  • - Fr. Carlos María GALLI, Argentina;
  • - Fr. Krzysztof GÓŹDŹ, Poland;
  • - Fr. Gaby Alfred HACHEM, Lebanon;
  • - Fr. Thomas KOLLAMPARAMPIL, CMI, India;
  • - Fr. Koffi Messan Laurent KPOGO, Togo;
  • - Fr. Oswaldo MARTÍNEZ MENDOZA, Colombia;
  • - Professor Moira Mary McQUEEN, Canada – Great Britain;
  • - Fr. Karl Heinz MENKE, Germany;
  • - Fr. John Junyang PARK, Korea;
  • - Fr. Bernard POTTIER, SJ, Belgium;
  • - Fr. Javier PRADES LÓPEZ, Spain;
  • - Professor Tracey ROWLAND, Australia;
  • - Professor Héctor Gustavo SÁNCHEZ ROJAS, SCV, Perú;
  • - Professor Marianne SCHLOSSER, Austria - Germany;
  • - Fr. Nicholaus SEGEJA M'HELA, Tanzania;
  • - Fr. Pierangelo SEQUERI, Italy;
  • - Fr. Željko TANJIĆ, Croatia;
  • - Fr. Gerard Francisco P. TIMONER III, OP, Philippines;
  • - Fr. Gabino URIBARRI BILBAO, SI, Spain;
  • - Fr. Philippe VALLIN, France;
  • - Fr. Thomas G. WEINANDY, OFMCap., United States of America

Round-table on Pasquale Porro's "new" book on Aquinas

In 2012 Pasquale Porro published a book on Aquinas entitled Tommaso d'Aquino: un profilo storico-filosofico. So, the book is not "brand new" but it is fairly new. Porro teaches at the Università di Bari and at the Sorbonne. As many of our readers may know, his work in mediaeval philosophy is extensive.

The book on Aquinas does just what its title says. It takes the reader through Aquinas's works in chronological order, setting them in their historical context and drawing out what Porro takes to be their philosophical import.

In May 2013 the Centro Culturale di Milano sponsored a round-table discussion of Porro's book. The participants were Constantino Esposito (Università di Bari), who moderated, Onorato Grassi (Università Lumsa di Roma), Luca Bianchi (Università degli Studi di Piemonte Orientale), and, of course, Porro himself. You can watch the whole thing here.

Nouvelle Revue Théologique 1958-2003 free!

I stumbled across this last week. The Nouvelle Revue Théologique, published by the Institut d’Études Théologiques (Society of Jesus) in Brussels, has made all of its issues from 1958 to 2003 available for free download at its website. Readers of Thomistica.net may be especially interested in three articles by Fr. Pinckaers that appeared in NRT during these years: “Recherche de la signification véritable du terme ‘spéculatif’" (1959); “La vertu est tout autre chose qu'une habitude” (1960); “‘Une morale pour notre temps.’ À propos d'un livre récent” (1966).

A list of all the authors who have published between 1958 and 2014 can be found here. There is a drop-down box on this page that says (naturally enough) "All the authors." Click on it. Clicking on the names of any of the authors that are displayed will then take you to a page that will give you a list of links to the articles that they have published between 1958 and 2014 (but remember that only 1958-2003 is free).

First 14 volumes of "Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Âge" available online

In 1926 Étienne Gilson and Gabriel Théry, OP, founded the Archives d’histoire doctrinale et littéraire du Moyen Âge, a journal dedicated to the academic study of medieval thought. You can now access (for free) the complete text of the first 14 volumes (1926-1945) online at Gallica (a digital text archive of the Bibliothèque National de France). Although the plan, I think, was to publish one volume per year, this did not always happen. So, for instance, there is only one volume for 1935-1936.

Here is the table of contents for the first volume of 1926:

Ét. Gilson .... Pourquoi saint Thomas a critiqué saint Augustin .... 5

E. Longpré .... Thomas d'York et Matthieu d'Aquasparta .... 129

G. Théry .... Edition critique des pièces relatives au procès d'Eckhart contenues dans le manuscrit 33 b de la bibliothèque de Soest .... 269

M. D. Roland-Gosselin .... Sur la rédaction par Albert le Grand de sa dispute contre Averroès De Unitate intellectus et Summa theologiae, II, Tr. XIII, Q. 77, m. 3 .... 309

You can find a convenient list of the tables of contents for all the volumes (except 1929) here. I could be wrong but I believe that Gilson's article in the first volume ("Pourquoi saint Thomas a critiqué saint Augustin") is where he first uses the genial term "l'augustinisme avicennisant," i.e., "Avicennizing Augustinianism." On this same theme there is also in the 1929 volume his article "Les sources gréco-arabes del'Augustinisme avicennisant."

Ramirez's article on the authority of St. Thomas available online

There is a nice scan of Santiago Ramirez, O.P.'s article "The Authority of St. Thomas Aquinas" available at the Internet Archive (here). Ramirez's piece appeared in the January issue of The Thomist in 1952. Another scan of it had been online for a while (I can't remember where now) but the one at the Internet Archive is far superior. I don't know how long it has been up there but, judging by the number of downloads (only 11 as of today), I would guess that it has not been up for very long.