Joseph Clifford Fenton's book on sacred theology back in print

Last November I posted on the new "Thomist Tradition" series being launched by Cluny Media under the editorial direction of Cajetan Cuddy, OP. The purpose of the series, as its page at the Cluny Media site states, is to "make available the key texts of figures—both classic and contemporary, major and minor—who rightly claim membership in the living tradition which bears the intellectual imprint of their master, Thomas."

Last year, the first volume in the series was released: T.C. O'Brien's Metaphysics and the Existence of God. After making due for several years with PDF files of the original three articles from The Thomist, I was thrilled that a hard copy was being re-issued and I bought it right away.

Hot off the presses we now have Joseph Clifford Fenton's What is Sacred Theology? Fenton's book, which was first published in 1941, was originally titled The Concept of Sacred Theology and was the doctoral dissertation he wrote under the direction of Garrigou-Lagrange. You can get it here.

I should mention that the books that are being re-issued in the "Thomist Tradition" series aren't simply re-prints of the originals. A note on the series page states that each re-issue includes:

  • A new introduction that explains the book’s original historical and speculative context and outlines its enduring relevance to contemporary questions and disputes.
  • Extensive editorial review and certain footnotes that highlight, explain, and clarify themes and passages of particular significance.

This is an admirable initiative. I hope you'll check it out for yourself and pick up copies of the great O'Brien and Fenton books while you're at it.

New book on Aquinas, predestination, grace, and free will

RJ Matava just brought my attention to a new book by Basile Valuet, OSB on St. Thomas's teaching on predestination, grace, and free will. It's the second volume of a projected four volume series that, according to a blurb from its publicity flyer, "cherche à déterminer quelle est l’authentique doctrine de l’Église catholique sur les rapports entre Dieu et la liberté humaine, essentielle quant à l’intelligence de notre destinée." The series title is Dieu joueur d’échecs? Prédestination, grâce et libre arbitre and the title of this second volume is Relecture de saint Thomas d’Aquin.

Fr. Basile is the prefect of studies at the Abbaye Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux. He was also recently appointed to the scientific committee of the Revue Thomiste. His series is published by the abbey's Éditions Sainte-Madeleine. You can purchase the second volume from the abbey bookstore here.

Thomas de Aquino Byzantinus

John A. Demetracopoulos updated me recently on his important work on the Byzantine reception of Thomas Aquinas, and in particularly the collaborative work on a critical edition of Thomas's Byzantine Greek translations.  Please visit their site to learn more about this project and how to support it.



Conference in Toulouse, May 4-5, 2018

Colloque Institut Saint-Thomas d’Aquin et Revue thomiste les 4-5 mai 2018

Institut catholique de Toulouse (Salle Léon XIII), 31, rue de la Fonderie

Le Bien et le bon selon saint Thomas d’Aquin

Vendredi matin 4 mai de 9h à 12h

Métaphysique et éthique

9h-9h15 : Introduction par le fr. Philippe-Marie Margelidon, o.p. (directeur de la Revue thomiste)

Président de séance : fr Philippe Margelidon, op

9h30-10h05 : Le bien et les transcendantaux chez saint Thomas d’Aquin, par le fr. Thierry-Dominique Humbrecht, o.p. (Bordeaux)

10h15-10h50 : L’esse et le bien dans le commentaire du Pseudo Denys, par l’abbé Alain Contat (Rome)


11h15-11h50 : L’axiome bonum diffusivum sui et la causalité du bien chez saint Thomas d’Aquin, par M. Hervé Pasqua (Nice)

Pause déjeuner de 12h à 14h


Vendredi 4 mai après-midi de 14h à 17h

Président de séance: Th.-D. Humbrecht, o.p. (Bordeaux)

14h-14h35 : Le bien, l’appétit et l’amour chez Thomas d’Aquin : Agapè peut-il sauver Eros ? par M. François-Xavier Putallaz (Fribourg)

14h45-15h20 : Le bien et le beau chez Thomas d’Aquin, par le fr. David Perrin, o.p. (Bordeaux)


15h45-16h20 : L’être et la résolution des principes de la raison pratique chez saint Thomas (J. de Finance et J. Finnis), par le P. Dominic Farrell, l.c. (Rome)

16h30-17h05 : Le bien et la liberté chez Cornelio Fabro, par le P. Christian Ferraro (Rome)

17h15 : fin de la première journée

Samedi matin 5 mai de 9h-12h15

Théologie et éthique

Président de séance : fr François Daguet, o.p. (Toulouse)

9h-9h35 : L’Église et le bien de l’univers, par l’abbé Emmanuel Cazanave (Toulouse)

9h45-10h20 : L’amour, le bien et le don, par l’abbé Louis-Marie Rineau, f.s.t.b. (Bayonne)


10h45-11h20 : Le jugement de bonté d’un acte moral selon saint Thomas d’Aquin, par fr. Joseph d’Amécourt, o.p. (Rome)

11h30-12h05 : Le bien humain chez Alasdaire MacIntyre, par le fr. Sébastien Perdrix, o.p. (Bordeaux)

Pause déjeuner de 12h à 14h



Samedi après-midi 5 mai de 14h à 17h15

Président de séance : fr Henry Donneaud

14h-14h35 : Le bien en politique : entre saint Thomas et G. Fessard, par fr. François Daguet, o.p. (Toulouse)

14h45-15h20 : L’argument du bien et du parfait dans la christologie de la Somme de théologie, par fr. Philippe-Marie Margelidon, o.p. (Toulouse)


15h45-16h20 : L’Esprit-Saint est le Bien incréé, par fr. Pavel Syssoev, o.p. (Bordeaux)

16h30-17h05 : Le bien et la Providence, par fr. Emmanuel Perrier, o.p. (Toulouse)


17h15 : fin du colloque





Contact et Inscription

Revue thomiste,

Couvent saint Thomas d’Aquin, Impasse H.-D. Lacordaire, 31078 Toulouse cedex 4



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Tarif normal : 30 euros

Tarif étudiant : 20 euros

En espèce ou par chèque à l’ordre de Revue thomiste



Repas à prendre sur place à l’ICT : vendredi midi et samedi midi, rue de la Fonderie

Logements : Couvent des carmes… Liste à compléter


Accès de la gare : Ligne métro A et B (direction Ramonville : station Place du Parlement ou Carmes)

Accès aéroport : par navette aéroport (Compans-Cafarelli), ou avec le tramway : station Place du Parlement ou Carmes.

New bilingual ebooks of Aquinas's works

Readers at this site are familiar with the big, blue, hardbound editions of Aquinas's works coming out from The Aquinas Institute.  While everyone has loved the beautiful books, some people have said it would be great if they could put the Aquinas Institute volumes on a Kindle or a Nook and bring them on trips.

In response, The Aquinas Institute has brought out a new line of eBooks. Each eBook matches one of their printed volumes, and if your e-reader permits it you can even see what page of the printed volume you are viewing. And just like the printed volumes, the eBooks are bilingual, meaning that you can toggle back and forth between Latin and English. See the video below for a demonstration. 

In many readers, you can load a Latin dictionary, and then tap and hold on a word to look it up. You can take notes, search, bookmark, and anything else your reader allows. The new bilingual Aquinas eBooks are available from Amazon, iBooks, Nook, and pretty much anywhere you find eBooks for sale. 

Each eBook costs $5.99. If you prefer a static PDF to a reflowable eBook, the bilingual layout found in the printed books is also available through Web PDF providers like Microsoft Books for $12.99.

As of this writing, only the Summa Theologiae is available in eBook form, but more volumes are soon to come. Please send feedback to The Aquinas Institute. This is a new approach to eBooks for the serious student.