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Catechism of the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas: For the Use of the Faithful

Catechism of the Summa Theologica of Saint Thomas Aquinas: For the Use of the Faithful

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  • ISBN-13: 9781482346572
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date: Feb 02, 2013
  • Pages: 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.75 x 9.00 x 6.00 inches


Pope Leo XIII wrote: "The manifold honours paid by the Holy See to St. Thomas Aquinas exclude for ever any doubt from the mind of Catholics with regard to his being raised up by God as the Master of Doctrine to be followed by the Church through all ages. It was therefore fitting that the singular wisdom of the Holy Doctor should be made accessible not only to the clergy but to the faithful in general, and to whomsoever desired to make a deeper study of the things of religion; for in very truth, the nearer one approaches to the light, so much the more is one enlightened. Much praise is therefore due to you first of all because you have undertaken to write a commentary in your mother tongue" upon the greatest work of the Angelic Doctor, viz., the Summa Theologica (the volumes already published of this work show what success has attended your labours); and, secondly, because you have recently published the Summa Theologicain theform of a catechism. Therein you have aptly accommodated the riches of the great genius to the understanding of the less instructed as well as of the learned; briefly and succinctly you have expounded the doctrine, and in the same luminous order as that of the Angelic Doctor whose treatise is more lengthy ahd more detailed. We congratulate you sincerely on this fruit of your labours which shows your knowledge of St. Thomas' doctrine. We hope, therefore, through your love of Holy Church that this work will bring many souls to a sound knowledge of Christian doctrine. As a mark of the divine largess and in testimony of our own special good will we impart in all affection to you and to your pupils the Apostolic Benediction." The present book is therefore in some sense rather an adaptation than a literal translation, although the latter has been strictly adhered to wherever possible. In the original work the answer always repeats the whole question word for word; in the cause of brevity and sometimes for clearness' sake, I have adopted the simple answer of "yes" or "no" lest the reader tire with the insistency of the ceaseless repetition.

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