Obsequium religiosum

How magisterial authority works

Today in class many of you had questions about degrees of magisterial authority, and what Church Council are all about.  This is not the topic of our current course, but in a way these questions could arise in every course, so we should try to work through them. We can get a good start in […]

One and Triune God, Class 20

Compendium Chapters 37-40

Having learned what the Church teaches about the Trinity, now we turn back to St. Thomas Aquinas for help understanding that teaching.  Aquinas will offer us a theoretical model for thinking about the Trinity, and our task will be to test his model against both the magisterium and Scripture.  A good model should not only […]

One and Triune God

The Council of Florence

With this class we shoot forward about a thousand years in our story, from Nicaea to Florence. There is no way to sum up a thousand years of history, but this 20-minute lecture will give you essential background for reading the text of this ill-fated ecumenical event. The central topic is, of course, the filioque.  The […]