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Did Aquinas believe that church bells ward off bad weather?

St. Thomas did not write that. It's made-up by Rydberg, Magic of the Middle Ages (1879) pp. 73-74, cited in the anti-Catholic hit-piece by Cornell University co-founder Andrew Dickson White, History ...
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Are Catholics required to accept every article of Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?

Authority of St. Thomas's Summa Theologica Are all the articles of St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica to be accepted as the truth by every Catholic? The Authority of St. Thomas Aquinas by Fr. ...
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What is the basis for saying that Aquinas accepted the Immaculate Conception?

St. Thomas's views on the Immaculate Conception went through three phases.cf. also ch. 2, art. 2, § "St. Thomas and the Immaculate Conception" of Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life by Fr. ...
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Cardinal Cajetan and Martin Luther

I found this paper "Cajetan and Luther: Revisiting the Roots of a Schism" written by Dr. Adam Cooper, a Lutheran pastor turned Catholic, who has a repository of his academic papers here. The paper ...
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What is Thomas Aquinas's "Dec. præc."?

Almost certainly this is a reference to his set of Sermons on the Ten Commandments known as "Collationes in Decem Precepta" or "de decem praeceptis"
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What did Aquinas do for recreation?

St. Thomas Aquinas discusses recreation in his question on the modesty of the outward movements of the body (Summa Theologica II-II q. 168). In Article 3 on "Whether there can be a virtue about ...
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How should one read the Summa Theologiae?

The form that St. Thomas takes in the Summa Theologia is called a Quodlibet, it's a common form for the scholastic method. The arguments against are listed first, so everything St. Thomas does not ...
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On interpreting St. Thomas' thoughts in the Summa Theologiae?

Yes, that on the contrary may be said to be from Aquinas. Note that the "on the contrary" more often is a direct citation of some authority with some addendum from Aquinas. In that case, the ...
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Did Thomas Aquinas rate masturbation as a greater sin than rape?

In Question 154. The parts of Lust, Aquinas orders them in descending order: masturbation, incest, rape of a wife, rape of a virgin, adultery. The reason he gives is "In every genus, worst of all ...
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Are Catholics required to accept every article of Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?

St Thomas Aquinas was canonized on July 18, 1323 and is commonly called the Angelic Doctor and the Universal Teacher. He is also the patron saint of Catholic academies, Catholic schools, Catholic ...
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Did Aquinas believe that church bells ward off bad weather?

Did Aquinas believe that church bells ward off bad weather? St. Thomas Aquinas as a faithful son of the Church would seem to have believed in this possibility. I doubt one will find a clear quotation ...
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Is it necessary to read Aristotle's books in order to understand St. Thomas Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?

Although St. Thomas Aquinas is said to have "reconciled" Aristotle with Christian theology, he rejects much of Aristotle (e.g., he rejects that Aristotle thought the world is eternal).(Interestingly, ...
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What's wrong with the Summa Theologica?

Criticisms of the Summa Theologica Are there any criticisms of the Summa Theologica within the Catholic Church? Accusations of Denying the Immaculate Conception His views on the Immaculate ...
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Did reformation leaders throw out the Summa Theologica?

Luther According to Steinmetz, David Curtis. 2002. Luther in Context. Grand Rapids, Mich: Baker Academic., Luther had no direct knowledge of the content St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica. Luther ...
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What was Saint Thomas Aquinas's girding by the two angels?

St. Thomas Aquinas's mother, a countess, tried to dissuade him from entering the Dominican Order because she hoped St. Thomas would become a prominent political figure. His brothers locked him up in a ...
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What was influence of Thomism on the Council of Trent?

St. Thomas had great influence on Trent, and several of his teachings became, almost verbatim, defined dogma at that council. From the encyclical Æterni Patris (1879) on the restoration of Christian ...
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What is "state of perfection"?

Referring to St. Thomas Aquinas's De perfectione vitæ spiritualis c. 15, Fr. Royo Marín, O.P., in La vida religiosa p. 116, defines "state of perfection" in general: States of Christian perfection ...
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History of the doctrine of religious vocation in Catholic Church

"One should take long time to discern his religious vocation." From Fr. William Doyle, S.J.'s Vocations: 7. Deliberation It follows from what has been said that once the voice of God is ...
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Catholic doctrine on spiritual vocation

It seems you're asking about the difference between precepts and counsels. All are bound to follow the precepts (10 Commandments, Precepts of the Church, etc.), but a person not bound by religious ...
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What work of Augustine is Aquinas Citing Here?

The English translation of that passage is incomplete. The Latin of Summa Theologica I q. 1 a. 10 says …ut dicit Augustinus in epistola contra Vincentium Donatistam. …as St. Augustine says in his ...
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What lost bible commentary did St. Thomas Aquinas want more than an entire kingdom?

William of Tocco, O.P., Life of St. Thomas Aquinas (1323): The First Biography of the Angelic Doctor ch. 42, p. 150, translation of Ystoria sancti Thome de Aquino pp. 176-7: when they first saw the ...
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How should one read the Summa Theologiae?

How should one read the Summa Theologia? In a sense, this question is somewhat opinion based, but nevertheless has at least some merit, especially for academics. Father Ryan Erlenbush has a way of ...
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On what basis does Thomas Aquinas say that the Church existed since the time of Abel?

Abel was the first to offer sacrifice pleasing to God. cf. You Shall Worship One God: The Mystery of Loving Sacrifice in Salvation History by Fr. Philippe, O.P., ch. 1, §"Sacrifice Before the Law&...
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Thomistic Predestination and Free Will

The view of Norman Geisler, who was a Thomistic scholar, is that free will and election are not innately contradictory. Geisler wrote the book "Chosen but Free". He explains that while God's choosing ...
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How to reconcile Aquinas' analogical view of God with God's self-revelation?

Your question ends with the question as to whether Christian dogmas mean that "Revelation about God's nature is in the end all mystery?" Starting with that point first, I suggest that the ...
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How did Aquinas and Reformation-era Protestants disagree on God's will?

The quote you gave first was not actually from Aquinas but was from Boethius. I cannot find anything on Aquinas but here are some points Boethius and Damascene made in that source - but note ...
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Are Catholics required to accept every article of Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?

No, not all the articles of St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica are to be accepted as the truth by every Catholic. First of all, St. Thomas himself notes in some articles that he is stating his ...
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Are Catholics required to accept every article of Aquinas's «Summa Theologica»?

It is worth to point out that the full content of the Catholic Doctrine is presented in the Enchiridion Symbolorum. This text includes teachings of popes and councils, and not of theologians, except ...
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Before St. Thomas Aquinas, who laid the foundation for the existence of God?

The foundation that God existed was laid long ago as men pondered their existence and place in the universe. This was expanded and reinforced by continuous prophetic utterances over the centuries ...
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