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  • Welcome to the Roman Theological Forum
    of the Roman Catholic Church It addresses contemporary questions of theology and philosophy beginning from a Thomist point of view and it is promoting with special attention a neo Patristic approach to the interpretation of Sacred Scripture Read about our Aims here Electronic Mailing List Add Yourself Remove Yourself ROMAN THEOLOGICAL FORUM STUDY PROGRAM The Neo Patristic Approach to Sacred Scripture INDEX OF LESSONS NEW NEO PATRISTIC ACTIVITY ORGAN OF

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  • Aims of the Roman Theological Forum
    medium of thought To foster an historical method based upon clear concepts and aimed at the whole of reality both natural and supernatural To promote an approach to Divine Revelation which includes both the historical reality of the deeds and words recorded in Sacred Scripture and their transhistorical truth To promote a neo Patristic approach to Sacred Scripture that is an updated method of interpretation rooted faithfully in the perennial tradition of the Fathers of the Church which takes into account the Four Senses of the Inspired Word of God cf the Catechism of the Catholic Church 115 119 and which upholds its complete inerrancy To promote in general the method and teachings of St Thomas Aquinas and as regards Sacred Scripture including the metaphysical dimension of his teachings To analyze for both positive and negative content from a Catholic and Thomist point of view the outlook of modern man by means of thoroughgoing critiques of the philosophical and theological works that have produced it In all Christian charity to restore Catholic apologetics to its pristine vigor To update and promote the best Catholic manuals of philosophy and theology To approach the study of liturgical reform from a viewpoint that

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  • Roman Theological Forum Study Program
    Scripture Lesson 6 Feb 1999 The Philosophical Origins of Historical Criticism Lesson 7 Mar 1999 The Four Senses of Matthew 1 1 Lesson 8 Apr 1999 The Four Senses of Matthew 1 17 Lesson 9 May 1999 The Four Senses of Matthew 1 2a Abraham begot Isaac Lesson 10 Jun 1999 The Four Senses of Matthew 1 2b And Isaac begot Jacob Lesson 11 Oct 1999 The Calling of Nathanael John 1 45 51 Literal Sense Lesson 12 Nov 1999 The Calling of Nathanael John 1 45 51 Spiritual Sense Lesson 13 Mar 2000 Jesus the Nazorean Matthew 2 23 Lesson 14 Feb 2001 A Brief Reply to Jehovah s Witnesses Lesson 15 Aug 2006 Modernism Yesterday and Today Lesson 16 Sep 2006 The Genealogies of Jesus Do Not Represent Errors in Scripture Lesson 17 Oct 2006 Could Saint Matthew Count Correctly to Fourteen Lesson 18 Nov 2006 The Biblical Movement Lesson 19 Dec 2006 Retaining the Christian Worldview Lesson 20 Jan 2007 Is Evolution a Scientifically Proven Theory Lesson 21 Feb 2007 Theistic Evolution Yes or No Lesson 22 Mar 2007 The Aims of the Roman Theological Forum Lesson 23 Apr 2007 Neo Patristic Exegesis Urgently Needed Lesson 24

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f t h e h i s t o r i c a l n a t u r e o f t h e s e a c c o u n t s W h e r e a s B u l t m a n n f r a n k l y b u t f a l s e l y s t a t e s t h a t t h e m i r a c l e s r e c o u n t e d i n t h e G o s p e l s d i d n o t a n d c o u l d n o t r e a l l y h a v e h a p p e n e d a n a s s u m p t i o n t h a t i s c o n t r a r y t o t h e t e a c h i n g o f t h e C h u r c h L é o n D u f o u r w a t e r s d o w n t h e s a m e a s s u m p t i o n f o r h i s C a t h o l i c r e a d e r s h i p b y s a y i n g t h a t t h e m i r a c l e s t o r i e s i n t h e G o s p e l s d o n o t s t r e s s t h e e x t r a o r d i n a r y t h a t i s t h e s t r i c t l y m i r a c u l o u s s i d e o f t h e o c c u r r e n c e s b u t t h e f a i t h o r a s t o n i s h m e n t o f t h o s e w h o w i t n e s s e d t h e e v e n t S t a t e m e n t s l i k e t h i s s e r v e o n l y t o o b s c u r e t h e i s s u e a n d t o h i d e t h e f a c t t h a t n o t h i n g i s b e i n g s a i d t o r e f u t e B u l t m a n n s e x p r e s s i o n o f d i s b e l i e f i n t h e p o s s i b i l i t y o f m i r a c l e s 2 9 A g a i n i n L i v i n g T r a d i t i o n 8 2 I a r g u e d t h a t J o h n M c K e n z i e s r e s p o n s e t o B u l t m a n n s c a l l f o r d e m y t h o l o g i z i n g t h e G o s p e l s i s m e r e l y a n i m p a s s i o n e d a p p e a l f o r a n o n g o i n g t h e o l o g i c a l r e v o l u t i o n w i t h i n t h e C a t h o l i c C h u r c h w h i c h r e v e a l s n o i n s i g h t w h a t s o e v e r i n t o t h e m e n a c e t h a t B u l t m a n n s a p p r o a c h p r e s e n t s t o C a t h o l i c f a i t h a n d t o C a t h o l i c u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f t h e l i f e a n d t e a c h i n g o f J e s u s A n e f f e c t i v e C a t h o l i c r e s p o n s e t o B u l t m a n n s d e m y t h o l o g i z i n g p r o g r a m c a n n o t a r i s e a s w i t h M c K e n z i e f r o m a g e n e r a l a g r e e m e n t w 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h y i s a b i g f a c t o r i n B u l t m a n n s n o t i o n o f m o d e r n m a n a n d C a t h o l i c s t o d a y a r e b e s i e g e d b y i n v i t a t i o n s o f M o d e r n i s m t o d o u b t o r d e n y t h e r e a l i t y o f t h e o b j e c t s o f f a i t h a s p r e s e n t e d i n t h e G o s p e l s V ö g t l e n o t e s t h a t h i s t o r i c a l e v e n t s c a n h a v e m e a n i n g o n l y t o t h e e x t e n t t h a t t h e y a r e o b j e c t i v e l y r e a l a n d s o B u l t m a n n s d e f i n i t i o n o f h i s t o r i c i t y a s b e i n g i n a s t a t e o f d e c i s i o n c a n n o t b e c o r r e c t I n m y e s t i m a t i o n B u l t m a n n h a s m i s s e d t h e m e a n i n g o f m e a n i n g i t s e l f b y f o l l o w i n g K a n t i n p u t t i n g o u t o f f o c u s t h e m e n t a l f r a m e w o r k t h a t m a k e s u n d e r s t a n d i n g p o s s i b l e F o l l o w i n g i n d i c a t i o n s g i v e n e a r l i e r b y H e i n r i 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  • Living Tradition - Journal of the Roman Theological Forum - Index of Back Issues
    2005 Torture and Corporal Punishment as a Problem in Catholic Theology Part I The Witness of Sacred Scripture by Brian W Harrison No 117 May 2005 Michael Denton s Nature s Destiny reviewed by John F McCarthy No 116 Mar 2005 Is the New Mass Soft on Hell by Brian W Harrison No 115 Jan 2005 Toward a fuller Catholic Response to the Demythologizing of Rudolf Bultmann Part 3 by John F McCarthy No 114 Nov 2004 Toward a fuller Catholic Response to the Demythologizing of Rudolf Bultmann Part 2 by John F McCarthy No 113 Sep 2004 Toward a fuller Catholic Response to the Demythologizing of Rudolf Bultmann Part 1 by John F McCarthy No 112 July 2004 Modernism in the Demythologizing of Rudolf Bultmann by John F McCarthy No 111 May 2004 Is Modernism Still Active in the Catholic Church Part 2 by John F McCarthy No 110 Mar 2004 Is Modernism Still Active in the Catholic Church Part 1 by John F McCarthy No 109 Jan 2004 The Kingfisher Book of Evolution Fact or Fiction by John F McCarthy No 108 Nov 2003 Rationalism in the Historical Criticism of Hermann Gunkel by John F McCarthy No 107 Sep 2003 The Morning of Jesus Resurrection in the Light of Biblical Inerrancy by Brian W Harrison On the Historicity of the Events of Easter Morning by John F McCarthy No 106 July 2003 Creative Imagination in the Old Testament Reading of Walter Brueggemann by John F McCarthy No 105 May 2003 Episcopal Attitudes To Liturgical Change On The Eve Of Vatican II Part II by Brian W Harrison No 104 Mar 2003 Episcopal Attitudes To Liturgical Change On The Eve Of Vatican II Part I by Brian W Harrison No 103 Jan 2003 Is Natural Family Planning a Heresy by Brian W Harrison No 102 Nov 2002 The Navarre Bible Commentary The Synoptic Gospels reviewed by John F McCarthy No 101 Sep 2002 On the Book of Jonah by Thomas Crean No 100 Jul 2002 The Myth of Evolution by Joseph Gehringer No 99 May 2002 Evading the Truth Did Darwin Get It Right reviewed by Joseph Gehringer Where George Sim Johnston Went Astray Did Darwin Get It Right reviewed by John F McCarthy No 98 Mar 2002 Did Woman Evolve from the Beasts Part II by Brian W Harrison O S No 97 Jan 2002 Did Woman Evolve from the Beasts Part I by Brian W Harrison O S No 96 Nov 2001 Who Are the Mormons Part II by Brian W Harrison O S No 95 Sep 2001 Who Are the Mormons Part I by Brian W Harrison O S No 94 July 2001 Rediscovering the Decrees of the Pontifical Biblical Commission by Sean Kopczynski No 93 May 2001 Early Vatican Responses To Evolutionist Theology by Brian W Harrison No 92 Mar 2001 The Spirit Of The Liturgy by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger reviewed by Brian W Harrison No 91 Jan 2001 The Challenge of the Year 2000 by John F McCarthy No 90 Nov 2000 Mary and Sacred Scripture in the Third Millennium by John F McCarthy No 89 Sep 2000 The Sacramental Validity of For You and For All by John F McCarthy No 88 Jul 2000 Altar Girls Feminist Ideology and the Roman Liturgy by Brian W Harrison No 86 Mar 2000 Regarding the Background of Matthew 2 by John F McCarthy No 85 Jan 2000 Really Called by the Prophets a Nazorean Matthew 2 23 by John F McCarthy No 84 Nov 1999 Called by the Prophets a Nazorean Matthew 2 23 by John F McCarthy THE INCOMPLETE RESPONSE OF CATHOLIC THEOLOGIANS TO THE DEMYTHOLOGIZING OF RUDOLF BULTMANN No 83 Sep 1999 Part IV Anton Vögtle and Ugo Lattanzi by John F McCarthy No 82 July 1999 Part III Xavier Léon Dufour and John McKenzie by John F McCarthy No 81 May 1999 Part II René Marlé and Joseph Cahill by John F McCarthy No 80 Mar 1999 Part I Leopold Malevez and Heinrich Fries by John F McCarthy No 79 Jan 1999 Positivism The Father of Naturalism by Clement Butel TWO VIEWS OF HISTORICAL CRITICISM No 78 Nov 1998 Part II Historical Criticism as an Historical Method by John F McCarthy No 77 Sep 1998 Part I Historical Criticism as a Critical Method by John F McCarthy NEO PATRISTIC EXEGESIS ITS APPROACH AND METHOD No 76 July 1998 Part II A Neo Patristic Reply to the Historical Critical Question by John F McCarthy No 75 May 1998 Part I The State of the Question by John F McCarthy No 73 74 Jan Mar 1998 Did the Human Body Evolve Naturally A Forgotten Papal Declaration by Brian W Harrison No 72 Nov 1997 Evolution and the Truth About Man by John F McCarthy No 71 Jul Sep 1997 Further Reflections on the Claiming of Aborted Children by John F McCarthy No 70 May 1997 A Founding Father on the Right to Life by Edward J Kelty No 69 Mar 1997 The Aims of the Roman Theological Forum Restated by John F McCarthy No 68 Jan 1997 Pope Paul VI and the Truth of Sacred Scripture by Brian W Harrison No 67 Nov 1996 The Sin of Onan Revisited by Brian W Harrison No 66 Sep 1996 On the Procession of the Holy Spirit by John F McCarthy 375 KB PDF Adobe Acrobat Reader is required No 65 July 1996 Whether Aborted Children Should Be Claimed as Members of the Church by John F McCarthy No 64 May 1996 Theistic Evolution A Vain Search for Spontaneous Generation by John F McCarthy Contradictions in Scripture by Brian W Harrison No 63 Mar 1996 Anti Darwinism Today Walt Brown In the Beginning Phoenix Center for Scientific Creation 1995 reviewed by John F McCarthy The Foundations of Evolution Theory Just Don t Add Up by H V Nussey No 62 Jan 1996 On Human Sexuality A Response of the Holy See to Parents by John F McCarthy No

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  • Recommended Books: The Science of Historical Theology, by Msgr. John F. McCarthy
    a new approach to the faith and reason relationship The exposition is unfolded in a carefully constructed text that requires no specialized background Technical questions are discussed in ample footnotes written on the highest level of scholarship Within the sweeping folds of this massive essay are virtual textbooks of scientifically updated epistemology and theory of history Unique as an introduction to theology it begins from the insight of the present reaches back to the wisdom of the past and draws a blueprint of the theology of the future Tan Books and Publishers ISBN 0895554410 CLICK HERE TO BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON BOOKS UNGODLY RAGE THE HIDDEN FACE OF CATHOLIC FEMINISM by Donna Steichen Read our review of this book This well written book gives a studied presentation and analysis of the phenomenon of feminism especially among Catholic religious women during the latter half of the 1980s Donna Steichen spent twelve years documenting and analyzing the activity that she describes The book is in a sense as Helen Hull Hitchcock says in the Foreword about darkness about an infectious and communicable disease of the human spirit for which there is no easy cure whose dominant symptom is the cult of feminism But the greatest value of the book lies in the masterful way in which Mrs Steichen analyzes and characterizes this phenomenon from the viewpoint of sound faith and deep theological insight while offering good advice on how to deal with it Ungodly Rage is the ideal textbook for university courses on the feminist movement Read our review Ignatius Press 1991 420pp ISBN 0898703484 CLICK HERE TO BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON BOOKS Prodigal Daughters Catholic Women Come Home to the Church edited by Donna Steichen Cast in the mold of Patrick Madrid s collection of conversions to Catholicism Surprised

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  • The Priestly Society of the Oblates of Wisdom - A Profile
    take an oath of adherence to the Central Community of the Oblates of Wisdom and work full time in the corporate apostolate of the Society Sworn members are pledged to a life of simplicity chastity and obedience although they continue to manage their own financial affairs They may also take vows of wisdom and chastity They are required to remain detached from worldly pursuits and to be generous to the apostolate Some Spiritual Practices of the Members In their theological orientation Oblates of Wisdom are anti Modernist and place a marked constructive emphasis on fidelity to the Church s Magisterium Their spirituality is strongly traditional and is based on their consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary They make at least an hour of meditative prayer each day and their daily vocal exercises include at least five decades of the Rosary together with other Marian prayers In their meetings Oblates encourage one another to deepen their faith and to increase their awareness of things that make them better and more effective priests They promote the knowledge and use of Latin in liturgical functions as well as the intelligent use of the vernacular They support the policy of the Universal Church regarding the use of the traditional Latin liturgy in order to meet the needs of all the faithful especially those who are traditionally disposed Oblates of Wisdom do not smoke or drink liquor at any time they may drink a moderate amount of wine or beer with meals Oblates of Wisdom wear their clerical dress at all reasonable times They have personal practices of piety in keeping with the Rule and spirit of the Society The Rule of the Society is rigorous regarding doctrinal orthodoxy and moral rectitude it is moderate regarding ascetic practices

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  • The Marian Academy of the Oblates of Holy Tradition
    precise motivation for preserving and developing the treasure of faith hope and charity instilled in one s heart by baptism A positive conclusion is to be sought for every discussion 22 Obedience to Truth The Oblates of Holy Tradition have pledged obedience to the Truth of God revealed in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ They are firmly committed to the divinely revealed truth of Sacred Scripture as clarified by the Sacred Tradition and the infallible Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church cf Lumen Gentium No 25 Their special means of maintaining this commitment to Divine Truth is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary 24 Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Oblates of Holy Tradition are consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and they nourish this consecration by practicing special devotions to the Sacred Heart and encouraging others to do the same They make frequent acts of love to the Sacred Heart of Jesus especially in His Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar 25 Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oblates of Holy Tradition practice True Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Members of the Marian Academy O H T become servants of Our Lady they strive to carry out in their lives the authentic requests of Our Lady for modern times They learn to see devotion to Mary as the best means of being devoted to Our Lord Jesus Christ and to His Sacred Heart 34 Minimum Age The minimum age for acceptance into the Marian Academy of the Oblates of Holy Tradition is eighteen years completed The minimum age for appointment as a President of a Chapter is twenty one years completed 40 Learning and Living the Faith All Oblates are dedicated to learning and living the truths of the Catholic Faith Local chapters will promote this prayerful study as a proper activity towards their own members Work in this regard done by the members outside of the Marian Academy O H T itself is always done in their own name or in the name of other organizations No public activities are ever undertaken in the name of the Academy or of the Oblates of Holy Tradition without the permission at least presumed of the local diocesan Bishop as well as of the direction of the Academy itself 41 Academic Activity The Marian Academy O H T and its members promote an ongoing effort to produce new syntheses of sacred theology which adequately contain the values of our Holy Tradition and apply them to the needs of our times The Oblates of Holy Tradition assist the Oblates of Wisdom to advance this work The paramount features of the academic activity of the Oblates include the following a a re examination of methods of interpreting Sacred Scripture and the perfecting of a new method of interpretation based upon the approach of the Fathers of the Church and of the great exegetes of the past to

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