read original later
Holy Smokes! This document is 2963 pages long...revise and extend my previous remarks: no way I am reading this later!
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I own books by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and books by Fulton J. Sheen, Thomas à Kempis, and the wonderful Thérèse de Lisieux, but at some point, I am going to start tackling Aquinas. Eventually, all the roads lead through Summa Theologica.
I only posted this portion of the Summa because it shows, IMHO, how far away Rome has come from the statements of two of the pillars of the Latin Church, namely Aquinas and Augustine. Today, from what I understand, the Vatican states that spiritual authority for faith and practice rests upon the EQUAL authority of Scripture and apostolic tradition. From what I read of this Summa passage and its Augustinian textual support, the Protestant reformers were correct in the declaration “SOLA SCRIPTURA”.
As an ex-Catholic and current Protestant, I was pleasantly surprised by the Thomist passage, since I’ve been promising myself to get through the Summa Theologica at some point in my life.