Real orthodoxy

Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Dominican, philosopher and theologian, doctor of the church, whose writings have influenced the church’s theology for centuries, even though his writings were suspect when he taught and after his death in 1274.

In his work on St. Thomas, G. K. Chesterton has this amazing analysis of the angelic doctor:

“He [Thomas Aquinas] had from the first that full and final test of truly orthodox Catholicity: the impetuous, impatient, intolerable passion for the poor; and even that readiness to be rather a nuisance to the rich, out of a hunger to feed the hungry.”

 

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