The Aquinas Academy
The Aquinas Academy was set up under the auspices of the Australian Province of the Marist Fathers by Fr Austin Woodbury SM in March 1945. The Academy began as a centre for the study of Philosophy and Theology in the Thomistic tradition. For some twenty-nine years it continued in this capacity under Fr Woodbury's guidance, in premises at the back of St Patrick's Church, Gloucester Street, in The Rocks (Sydney, NSW). For a short while the Academy offered a License in Philosophy under accreditation from the University of St Thomas in Rome. Since its inception, a number of qualified priests, religious and laity have been part of the lecturing staff. The Academy was one of the pioneers of Catholic adult education in Australia.
Since 1975, the Academy has increasingly focused on general adult education in the faith. Perhaps the most popular of the programs mounted was the Christian Growth Program, offering basic education in theology, morality, psychology and spirituality.
Course: Writing Your Life - A Freeing Journey
Catherine Hammond Bs in Ed, MA, MPh
New Course! Commences
Thursday 2 June
Two things will happen with this course. First, through stimulating and fun techniques, you'll find memories coming alive, incidents you've almost forgotten -- funny, moving, significant -- and writing them down will give you a record of your life and times for your children and grandchildren. Second,
The Art of Making Connections: Philosophy between vision and common sense
Christian faith is made ‘not just philosophically cogent but intensely relevant and reasonable’ in two recent books which exemplify the craft of the philosopher. Michael Barnes SJ celebrates Fiona Ellis’ God, Value and Nature and Rupert Shortt’s God is No Thing. Read more ...
God is three and God is one
On Sunday (22 May), we observe the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. The Trinity can be a ‘dauntingly abstract concept ‘, says John Moffatt SJ, but it is important for us to use words and images, as far as we can, to explore the truth that it represents: ‘the single origin of all things is in essence relationship’. Read more ...
New Canadian and US laws revive euthanasia debate
On 9 June 2016, California will complete the west coast coverage of laws in the USA permitting physician assisted suicide for any mentally competent adult who is suffering 'an incurable and irreversible disease that has been medically confirmed' and which will 'within reasonable medical judgment, result in death within six months'. Read more ...
Amoris Laetitia – a view from the female bridge
The ‘nuanced pastoral approach’ of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘On Love in the Family’ has been widely welcomed, writes Gemma Simmonds CJ as she surveys the common ground that the document opens up between seemingly divergent positions. What does Amoris Laetitia contribute to the conversation between secular feminists and the Catholic Church, and how can this dialogue develop? Read more ...
Craig Larkin: Religion makes too many afraid of God
Craig Larkin died disappointed that religion left people fearing God. He made the comments in the introduction to his new book, An Inner Music, launched posthumously last evening in Wellington. “After living all my life as a professional Christian, my single and greatest disappointment with religion is that it has succeeded in making too many people afraid of God." Read more ...
Instructions For Not Losing the Way in the Labyrinth of “Amoris Lætitia”
Intentionally written in a vague form, the post-synodal exhortation allows two opposite ways out. A Dominican theologian indicates the right one here. As in a little catechism, for the use of priests and faithful. One month after the publication of the post-synodal exhortation “Amoris Lætitia” it is ever more evident that in interpreting and applying it there is growing “uncertainty and confusion. Read more ...
"Spotlight", the movie
A Reflection by Michael Whelan SM
“There's no higher compliment to pay this steadily riveting, quietly devastating take on investigative journalism than to say Spotlight gets it right.” So wrote Peter Travers in Rolling Stone, November 4 2015.
A Reflection by Michael Whelan SM
Forgiveness is absolutely necessary to human existence. Without it we fall into despair and chaos. Behind all the hatred and violence in the world – writ large in wars, writ smaller in personal and local strife – you will find lack of forgiveness. This reveals a deep ambiguity in human existence. Hamlet lays it out in his characteristic way: “What a piece of work is man!
Gospel for Feast of Corpus Christi (29 May 2016)
Gospel Notes by Michael Whelan SM
When the crowds found out about it, they followed him; and he welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured. The day was drawing to a close, and the twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away, so that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside, to lodge and get provisions;