Fr. James McCurry, OFMConv. summarizes the talks of the first day at the Newman-Scotus Symposium from Rev. Dr. Ford, Dr Noone and Rev. Dr. Fehlner.
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On the first night of the Newman-Scotus Symposium we have the first Panel discussion. Fr. James McCurry asks the first question, how the Pope seemed to blame Scotus for Modernism at Regensberg but then later, at a Wednesday address, to praise him and basically retract his negative statement. Dr. Timothy Noone addresses this and explains the basis for this common objection to Scotus that comes from a long standing misconception about the Scotus’ teaching. One is the misconception that Scotus is voluntarist and the other that he is a nominalist and involves Scotus’ teaching on the common nature.
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Fr James McCurry gives an inspirational welcome and introduction to the Newman-Scotus Symposium at the Washington Theological Union on Oct 22, 2010. He reads a warm letter of encouragement from Friar Marco Tasca, OFM Conv., the Minster General of the Conventual Franciscans from Rome, asking the participants to energetically uncover, for all the world to see, the common intellectual treasure that these two holy and eminent British scholars share, centered on the Absolute Primacy of Christ and the primacy of Love. He reflects on the Pope’s words at the very recent beatification of Newman in Birmingham, England where he mentions Newman’s motto Cor ad Cor Loquitor, Heart speaks unto Heart where God and man speak heart to heart. Fr. McCurry mentions the equivalent starting point for Scotus’ theology where God wills to love. God wills to be loved. God willed to have co-lovers of himself and so he created the world and man with the goal of the incarnation via Mary Immaculate. He ends by reciting a prayer to Our Lady written by Bl. John Cardinal Newman to give us protection and the purity of heart and mind to be good and wise Christians.
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Catholic Answers Senior Apologist Jimmy Akin answers a call-in question regarding the early Church Father’s use of Greek philosophy to help explain Christian doctrine.
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