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Great Thinkers of the Order of Friars Preachers

"A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either rule them, or be ruled by them."

Saint Dominic

"How ... strongly should we be drawn to Christ if we find our pleasure in truth, happiness, justice, eternal life: all of which Christ is!"
Saint Thomas Aquinas

"Regard yourself as more vile and miserable in the sight of God because of your faults than any sinner whatsoever, no matter what his sins."

Saint Vincent Ferrer

"The Glorious Virgin the blessed fruit of her womb has saved a world condemned by the fall of our first parents."
Pope Saint Pius V

"God is the proper name of Truth, as Truth is the abstract name of God."

"Pride, which was the sin of the rebellious angel and of the first man, is the source of all deviations because it turns us away from God to put our trust in ourselves."
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange

"This is not to denigrate committed love of people of the same sex. This too should be cherished and supported, which is why church leaders are slowly coming to support same sex civil unions. The God of love can be present in every true love."

On the eve of the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas,
anniversary of his natal day, March 7, 1274,
commemorated this Wednesday.


  1. Ah yes, the same man who was head when Fr. John O' Connor tried to whistle-blow on Guergen et al.

    I believe that Radcliffe is also an "eminent" film critic. Did he not recommend that "gay" cowboy film a few years back?

  2. You forgot Fr Albert OP.

    Ha Ha.

  3. "One of these things is not like the others. One of these things just doesn't belong . . . ."

  4. thomas tucker10:00 PM

    Yes, sure, love between two people of the same sex is fine. Now, when you go from loving each other to diddling each other, that's another matter.

  5. Fr Radcliffe is a nice and very bright man; it's a shame he wastes his talents. The Church's intellectual elite once championed the faith, whereas now they undermine it at every turn.

  6. anabel10:01 PM

    "Father" Timothy needs an exorcist.

  7. Gregorian Chant10:04 PM

    Saint quotes -these are awesome!
    Thank you

  8. Some Dominican provinces are, ah...let us say, "in better shape" than others.

    I think you can figure out where the English province fits.

  9. some corrections to Fr Radcliffe's comment.

    The Church does not support civil unions but accepts them as an unavoidable fact of politcal life.

    The God of love can be present in every true love, including homosexual love, provided that particular love is celibate, otherwise it is sinful and grieviously so.

  10. English Province... well... He was the Master of the Order, and his fellow Dominicans around the world already knew who he was.

  11. GQ Rep11:48 PM

    Doesn't say much for the Dominican Order around the world that they would pick him as their Master General. And the picks after him have not been that great either.

    I think the last true Dominicans are the 40+ who belong to the Dominican friars based in Avrille, France affiliated to the SSPX.

  12. "God, in her care and compassion, handles humankind with the touch of a caring parent." WHEE! We, wee All the Way Home, Dominican "Fr." Matthew Fox.


    He [Fox] shamelessly committed public blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, by telling an impressionable audience well under the spell of his hypnotic powers that the Holy Spirit was demanding they adopt wicca (witchcraft), shamanism, and goddess worship. Hundreds of well dressed parish leaders and nuns listened to him in trance-like rapture... [EWTN source]. I guess it's no surprise Fox left the Church; what amazes me is that Kung is still considered a priest in good standing (if not a theologian) when I personally heard him in front of a crowd of hundreds at the University of Michigan advocate for abortion.

    Saint Dominic would be so proud!

  13. Tradical1:03 AM

    Hi Jacobi,

    "... including homosexual love ..."

    Was this sarcasm? I would have assumed the homosexual love is disordered.

    Brotherly love - is a different type.

    Perhaps I missed the point.

  14. Has the Church always been this way? Dissenters and apostate's?

    As a revert going on four years now and drawn to Tradition (and small t tradition) this constant promulgation of sin by those who should be exhorting the faithful to virtue is so very discouraging and wearisome. Candidly, I find myself avoiding posts such as this as they just tend to aggravate my blood pressure. I certainly should not read the comments in the Fr's article. Ugh...

  15. Cognitive dissonance

  16. Brian4:02 AM

    New Catholic, that was hilarious!

  17. Jacobi said, "Some corrections to Fr Radcliffe's comment.

    The Church does not support civil unions but accepts them as an unavoidable fact of politcal life.

    The God of love can be present in every true love, including homosexual love, provided that particular love is celibate, otherwise it is sinful and grieviously so."

    Some corrections to your comment.

    No, this is not true at all. Friendship for the sake of friendship, yes, but same-sex attraction is still a sin and a disorder which the Catechism says so explicitly.

    Just because that kind of friendship remains chaste does not mean it is okay. This brings to the fore Christ's own declaration that he whom even lusts after another has committed adultery in his heart (e.g., sinned by desire). Does one then believe the homosexual kind is exempt from that admonition?

    Friendship for friendship sake is well and good, and this is not to imply homosexuals are to be without friendships, of course not, but once there is a sexual attraction to another, the near occasion of sin has already been broached. Everyone has a near occasion to something and it is to be avoided most ardently. It's part of the Act of Contrition, if anyone takes Confession seriously nowadays.

    The homosexual is required to live life as anyone else is in the spirit of poverty, chastity and obedience according to his state of life high or low.


  18. Peterman5:17 AM

    Went to visit and pray at St Thomas's tomb last year. It's in some sort of a university hall which obviously was once a Church. At one end they have a ridiculous round, glass, artistic mirror display. I thought there should have been a sign that read "kindly gaze into the mirrors to view the source of all your problems."

    Saint Thomas, please pray for us and all the real dumb oxen that cause so much damage to the Church.

  19. Anonymous5:32 AM

    uIt's one of those multiple-choice test questions! (Perhaps an exam on Catholic orthodoxy)

    "Which of the following does NOT belong?"

    Correct answer: Timothy Radcliffe.

  20. Fr. Andrew6:09 AM

    Politically incorrect comment from God, creator and judge of all.

    Wherefore, God gave them up to the desires of their heart, unto uncleanness: to dishonour their own bodies among themselves.

    1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

    1:26 For this cause, God delivered them up to shameful affections. For their women have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature.

    1:27 And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts, one towards another: men with men, working that which is filthy and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error.

    1:28 And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient.

    1:29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers,

    1:30 Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

    1:31 Foolish, dissolute: without affection, without fidelity, without mercy.

    1:32 Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death: and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.

  21. I agree with what Lacordaire said,I think that it is philosophical.

  22. "the sins that cry to heaven for vengeance":

    -The voluntary murder (Genesis 4:10)
    -The sin of impurity against nature –Sodomy and homosexual relations (Genesis 18:20)
    -Taking advantage of the poor (Exodus 2:23)
    -Defrauding the workingman of his wages (James 5:4)

  23. "Homosexual love" - just what is that? Is it the true love emanating from Charity or the love of God? I think they are confusing true love with a disordered version of that virtue. In a word, what they want is for sex and love to be the same thing and they are not and never will be. Conjugal sex can be an expression of true love but only an expression in the right context of marriage between a man and a woman.

  24. Septimbler of Bimblers4:31 PM

    Now now, Radcliffe is in "full communion."


  25. Tradical and Matt,

    The relevant sections in the Catechism are 2357-9.

    There is surely a distinction between an inherent tendency, and a wilful act.

    Homosexual acts are condemned, ie, "grave depravity", "intrinsically disordered", etc, and they "cannot be approved". That's clear.

    But it also says homosexuals do not choose their condition, and compassion is called for.

    In layman's terms (which is what I am, and amateur at that), its not their fault, and so long as they behave themselves,etc.

    By the way this is also true of heterosexuals, outside of valid marriage ie co-habitors and illicitly remarried etc.
    Their condition is also gravely sinful, although not perhaps unnatural? But they have to behave themselves too!

  26. thomas tucker3:10 AM

    Interestingly, Father is actually opposed to gay marriage.

  27. Jub Alabastro7:17 AM

    I believe it is a great dishonor, injustice, and insult for these great saints and thinkers for someone who does not belong to their group to be compared side by side with their brilliance, much more their orthodoxy.

  28. a friend of St. John of God7:19 PM

    "This is not to denigrate committed love of people of the same sex...The God of love can be present in every true love."

    The key word is TRUE. The father of lies is present in the above quote. Let us look to the Divine Master & His Heavenly Kingdom for the TRUTH. The saints dwell for all Eternity TOGETHER in perfect Chastity in the heights of Charity which is "commited" unending love. Purified by the Blood of the Lamb, NONE retain within their souls a single wound or even scar from the heinous effects of Original Sin or their personal sins. All Charity is perfectly ordered. As this is His Will Eternally, it is to be prepared for "on earth as it is in Heaven".


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