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thomas-aquinas-ceasefire-640Thomas was in some respects a forerunner of Protestantism. Can contemporary Romanists make such a claim, relativizing tradition and exalting the authority of Scripture? Methinks not:

“Nevertheless, sacred doctrine makes use of these authorities as extrinsic and probable arguments; but properly uses the authority of the canonical Scriptures as an incontrovertible proof, and the authority of the doctors of the Church as one that may properly be used, yet merely as probable. For our faith rests upon the revelation made to the apostles and prophets who wrote the canonical books, and not on the revelations (if any such there are) made to other doctors. Hence Augustine says (Epis. ad Hieron. xix, 1): “Only those books of Scripture which are called canonical have I learned to hold in such honor as to believe their authors have not erred in any way in writing them. But other authors I so read as not to deem everything in their works to be true, merely on account of their having so thought and written, whatever may have been their holiness and learning.”

-Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, 1.1.8

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If you haven’t heard the story of Pr. Richard Bennett before, you must!  Profound insight into the unclean womb of Romanism and the glory of free grace.

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The Christ the Center podcast has produced a couple of very helpful episodes on Modern Roman Catholicism and  Vatican II Inclusivism.  It is clear to me, here on the sidelines, that Rome is very different – and yet quite the same as it has always been.

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