First I would like to draw your attention to a new project has been launched on the 5th of October 2015. The project is the work of a friend of the Deus Ex Machina blog and author of the From Rome blog (see here), Brother Alexis Bugnolo. Br. Alexis along with Dr. Francisco José Díaz Marcilla and Mr. Matteo Scozia are the founders of this project that bears the name The Scholasticum.
The aim of the founders is the “establishment of a new institute of medieval studies dedicated to reviving the study of Scholastic Theology and Philosophy”. The mission of The Scholasticum is one that is near and dear to my heart, i.e. “the formation of a new generation of faithful Catholic theologians and philosophers according to the method of study employed by Sts. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bonaventure”.
If there is one thought that I would like to impart upon you, dear reader about the need for such an institution to arise, it is this: the greatest damage done to the Catholic Faith has been through the Modernist’s ability to drive a wedge between the two sources of our Faith.
If you recall from our post titled Discernment Guide for Dummies (see here), our Faith comes not only through “divine revelation (the written Word), but also through the “natural light of human reason from the things that are made”. In academic circles, this second source of our Faith is usually known as the “scientific” method. In the “science of theology”, since “science” it is, the scientific method goes by a different name, i.e. Scholasticism. And it was the successful suppression of Scholasticism through the suppression of Thomism from the seminaries and from the post-Modernist Catholic theology departments that has basically reduced the Catholic faith to something akin to pop-psychology in a New Age wrapper with “Dawkins-ian invisible little friend” at its center.
And the results are there for all who have eyes, to see.
Which brings me to the second bit of good and related Restoration news. I would like to draw your attention to the present situation at the SSPX’s St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary. For those not familiar with the SSPX, their seminaries are the bedrock of Scholastic (Thomist) priestly formations in the Catholic Church today.
I have mentioned the situation of the SSPX’s burgeoning vocations in two recent posts titled Tluste Lata for Catholicism in Poland (see here) and Years of Plenty for SSPX Continue (see here). In the later post, I asked for my readers to go over to the SSPX seminary website (see here) and help in this historical Restoration effort.
Today I would like to draw your attention to the situation at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Winona Minnesota. The post below, titled Thirty-five new vocations. (see here) explains how the situation looks on the ground. I re-post for the record: (emphasis added).
Thirty-five new vocations
On October 2nd the Seminary welcomed thirty new seminarians and five new brother postulants for the inception of the academic year. This almost unprecedented accession brought the total number of seminarians to eighty-three, and that of the Brothers to thirteen. With the ten seminary professors, this entails a community of over one hundred members—which is more than the Seminary building can even accommodate.
To cope with the copious increase, a brave group of six seminarians and two brothers was dispatched to found a new colony in the “Farm House,” which is located on Seminary property several hundred yards from the main building. The encroaching winter will test the mettle of the settlers, as they will have to fight their way through sleet and snow several times a day to be present for prayer, classes, and other community activities.
In past years the refectory had five to six tables vacant. Now all of its nineteen tables are filled save for one. A new row of mailboxes has been installed underneath others which, in past years, had been considered extra. The “Music Room,” which had served as the primary classroom for the Humanities students, has been reassigned to other purposes, because it is too small to fit the new class of thirty. In a word, the reinforcements have made sure that their presence is felt. Even the parishioners have an interest in the matter, since the burgeoning Seminary community has found it necessary to claim more of the scanty pew-space reserved for the faithful.
The inconveniences entailed by this increase are, of course, far outweighed by the joy of seeing so many who aspire to work in the Lord’s vineyard. Let us thank the Lord of the harvest, who is providing more laborers for the great work of the salvation of souls. Adveniat regnum tuum.
How does one do justice commenting on such a joyous occasion?
Well, one effective way that I have found, is to use the words of someone from the other side of the barricades. So today’s commentary comes from the the UK’s Daily Telegraph, a paper at the forefront of promoting the HOMO AGENDA. One of their journalists, when commenting on the end of the Stealth Sex Synod™ of 2015 made the following observations about the two sides of the conflict, which I am reproducing below:
On an aside, it boggles one’s mind that a journalist who writes something as rational and prescient as the passage above, then can go and say that aberrant sexual behavior is not INTRINSICALLY DISORDERED. But I digress…
I guess it must be that the family needs to eat…