New book on Aquinas and Church Fathers published by Brepols!

The Brepols has published a book “Reading the Church Fathers with Thomas Aquinas”, edited by Piotr Roszak and Jörgen Vijgen

In his richly documented and still valuable study of Aquinas and the Church Fathers, published in 1946, Gottfried Geenen, O.P. noted that the study of this aspect of Thomas Aquinas’s thought was just beginning to take place. More than seventy years later considerable progress has been made, both historically and doctrinally, not at least due to the technological advances in the area of the study of Aquinas’ writings. It has been argued both that Aquinas had a remarkable knowledge of a wide range of the Church Fathers and that he was actively engaged in acquiring new material from hitherto unknown Fathers. Due to Thomas’ profound commitment to both Latin and Greek patristic sources he was not only able to draw on the rich tradition of the past but also explore new possibilities and solutions. This commitment and interaction between tradition and speculative reason has led some to claim tentatively that one might characterize Thomas Aquinas’ theology as being ad mentem patrum.  The goal of this volume is to explore ways to corroborate this claim. In order to do so, the contributions investigate the presence and use of the Church Fathers in Aquinas’ thought both historically and systematically.

Contributors: Serge-Thomas Bonino o.p., Carmelo Giuseppe Conticello, Cajetan Cuddy o.p., Gilbert Dahan, Franklin Harkins, Andrew Hofer o.p., Bryan Kromholtz o.p., Conor McDonough o.p., Ezra Sullivan o.p., Piotr Roszak, Anton ten Klooster, Jörgen Vijgen, Joseph Wawrykow.

Schedule of the International Conference “Thomas Aquinas and Church Fathers” (Toruń, 4-6 April, 2019)

7.30 – Holy Mass in the Chapel of the Seminary of Toruń

Plenary session (Chair: Jörgen Vijgen)

9.00 – Introduction

9.15 – Martin Morard (CNRS – Paris) : Catena aurea electronica. New Perspectives on the Catena, its History and Sources in Light of the ongoing Scientific Edition

10.00 – Carmelo Giuseppe Conticello (CNRS-Paris) : Theophylactus latinus. The Thomist Reception of Theophylact of Bulgary

10.45 – Discussion

11.15 – Coffee Break

  • 11.30 – Round table session 1 (Chair: Piotr Roszak)
    • 11.30 – Jörgen Vijgen (Belgium): The Patristic Sources of Thomas’ Treatment of Penance
    • 12.15 –Joseph Arias (USA), Augustine and Aquinas on the Terminal State of Unbaptized Infants 
    • 12.45 – John Baptist Ku OP (USA): Divine Innascibility in the Theology of Ss. Gregory Nazianzen and Thomas Aquinas
    • 13.15 – discussion
  • 13.45 – Lunch (Faculty of Theology, room 55)
  • 15.00-15.30 – Book Presentation
  • 15.30-17.00 – Paper presentations
  • Session 1

15.30 – Gioacchino Curiello (UK): Thomas Aquinas on the Corpus Dionysiacum’s translations

16.00 – Andrej Kutarňa (Czech Republic): Hierarchy and Likeness – Ways to Union with God in Pseudo-Dionysius and Aquinas

16.30 – Tomasz Stępień (Poland): Essentia, virtutes operationes – Remarks on the Patristic Sources of  Aquinas’ Methodology in the Summa Theologiae

  • Session 2

15.30 – John Berry (Malta): Augustine and Aquinas on charity as friendship (amicitia)

16.00 – Blanca Gallostra (Spain): Aquinas’ Patristic Debts regarding the Doctrine of Glory

16.30 – Fainche Ryan (Ireland): Aquinas and Augustin on lying

  • Session 3

15.30 – Mirosław Mróz (Poland): The Motif of ‘living water’ in the Conversation between Jesus and the Woman of Samaria. Patristic sources in the Exegesis of Aquinas in Jn 4: 1-42

16.00 – Austin Stevenson (UK): The Ignorance of Christ. Christological Logic and Patristic Interpretations of Mark 13:32

      16.30 – Tinatin Mshvidobadze (Georgia): Thomas Aquinas’ Creation Analysis and the Effectiveness of Online Bible Dictionaries for the Study of Biblical Commentaries

  • Session 4 
    15.30 – Jeffrey M. Walkey (USA): Habituation into Truth and The Exegetical Task: A Thomistic Metaphysical Apologia for the Role of Natural Knowledge in Scriptural Exegesis

16.00 – Jacco Verburgt (Netherlands): ‘Quia integram fidei veritatem continebat’: Some Thoughts on the Importance of the Pseudo-Athanasian Creed for Aquinas

16.30 – David Torrijos (Spain): The commentaries of Boethius and Aquinas on the De interpretatione of Aristotle

  • 19.00 – Conference dinner in Collegium Maximum with concert (Polish traditional music)

Friday, April 5th

  • Plenary session (Chair: Piotr Roszak)
    • 9.00 – Serge-Thomas Bonino O.P. (Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome) : The Place of the Church Fathers in the Angelology of St. Thomas Aquinas
    • 9.45 –Enrique Alarcón (University of Navarra, Pamplona) : Albert the Great and the Reception of Pseudo-Dionysius’ Metaphysics of Being in Thomas Aquinas
    • 10.30 – Discussion
    • 11.00 – Coffee Break
  • 11.15 Round table session 2 (Chair: Mirosław Mróz)
    • 11.15 – Piotr Roszak (Poland), How is the Patristic Method shaping Aquinas’ Sacra Doctrina?
    • 11.45 – Randal Smith (USA): Thomas Aquinas, Irenaeus, and the Natural Law
    • 12.15 – Michał Mrozek OP (Poland): The Treatise on the Virtues and on the Gifts in Light of the Patristic Sources quoted by Aquinas in the Summa Theologiae, I-II, q. 49-70
    • 12.45 – discussion
  • 13.15 – Lunch (Faculty of Theology, room 55)
  • 15.00-16.30 – Paper presentations
  • Session 5

15.30 – Piotr Goniszewski (Polska): Intertextual approach to Aquinas’ quotations from the Church Fathers

16.00 – Martin Bai Ziqiang (Philippines): Relation in the Trinitarian Theology: St. Thomas and the Church Fathers

16.30 – Hugh Barbour OPraem (USA): Beatitudo est gaudium de veritate: St. Thomas’ use of the Confessions of St Augustine

  • Session 6

15.00 – Laurem Simms (USA): The Ordination and Acts of the Baptismal Priesthood in Augustine, Chrysostom, and Aquinas

15.30 – Reginald Lynch OP (USA): Eucharistic Sacrifice and Moral Virtue in Aquinas and Augustine

16.00 – Magdalena Płotka (Poland): ‘Utrum fruendum sit solo Deo’: Thomas Aquinas on the Augustinian concept of secular enjoyment

  • 16.30 – 17.00: Break
  • 17.00-18.30:  Paper presentations

Session 7

17.00 –  Marcin Janecki (Poland): Secundum sententiam sanctorum patrum: usage de sources patristiques dans « Lectura super epistolam ad Galatas » de Thomas d’Aquin”.

17.30 – Andriy Oliynyk (Ukraine): St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John Chrysostom on private property

  • Session 8

17.00 – Connor McDonough OP (Ireland): Christ’s headship of the Church in Augustine, the early scholastics, and Aquinas

17.30 – Mark Foudy (USA): How Cyril of Alexandria influenced Thomas Aquinas’ understanding of the Hypostatic Union and his rejection of the Homo-Assumptus Theory.

18.00 – Inês Bolinhas (Portugal): Mary Magdalene according to St. Thomas Aquinas

  • Session 9

17.00 – Josh Blander (USA): Origen, Aquinas, and Scotus on Restoration from Sin, and the Possibility and Power for Sinning

17.30 – Carlos Augusto Casanova (Chile): Aquinas on sins of lust contra natura

18.00 – Jordan McFadden (Ireland): Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Aquinas on Immoral Dreams

Saturday, April 6th

  • Plenary Session (Chair: Michal Mrozek OP)
    • 9.00 – Dominic Legge O.P. (Dominican House of Studies, Washington D.C.): Aquinas and the Fathers on the Mind of Christ: Christ’s Human Knowledge and Our Salvation
    • 9.45 – Anton ten Klooster (Tilburg University – Tilburg/Utrecht): Aquinas’ adaptation of Augustine’s interpretation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
    • 10.30 – Discussion
    • 11.00 – Coffee Break
  • 11.15 – Round table session 3 (Chair: Michal Mrozek OP)
    • 11.15 – John O’Callaghan (USA): Aquinas and the Church Fathers: Compassion and Mercy
    • 11.45 – Shawn Colberg (USA): Saint Thomas and Saint Augustine on Grace, Justification, and Merit
    • 12.15 – Paul Rogers (UK), Church Fathers and the sensus fidelium: Conflict or Convergence?

12.45 – Discussion

  • 13.15 – Concluding session and discussion
  • 14.00 – Lunch and End of Conference
  • 16.00 – Guided Tour – Medieval Toruń