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Friday, March 09, 2007

Modernist Hagiography

I am just coming to the end of Volume I of Jean-Pierre Torrell's 'Saint Thomas Aquinas' (a work I should have read years ago). Above all, what I find striking and shocking about the work is the demythologising modernism it implies on the part of its author. It is devoid of colour or anecdote because such tales from St Thomas's hagiographers overwhelmingly entail the miraculous and such tales are, we are told, at best 'palimpsests'. Statements like this bear witness to how appallingly far gone unorthodoxy is in so much of the visible Church. It also shows how desperately needed is Boeciana and my forthcoming work on the theory of history! Don’t watch this space too attentively.... St Bede, pray for us!