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Vol. LVI - Issue No. 171 : Special Issue - Part 2, 2021

https://doi.org/10.55997/ps5000lvi171   

Editor’s Note  
 DOI : 
https://doi.org/10.55997/5001pslvi171en   
 Author/s : 
Jannel N. Abogado, OP - Guest Editor

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The University of Santo Tomas and the 19th Century Revival of Thomism  
 DOI : 
https://doi.org/10.55997/5002pslvi171a1   
 Author/s : 
Florentino A. Bolo, Jr., OP

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The paper tells of the circumstances surrounding the University of Santo Tomas during the 19th century Philippines that positioned the University to adequately respond to the call of Pope Leo XIII in Aeterni Patris for the restoration in Catholic schools and Universities of Christian philosophy according to the mind of Thomas Aquinas. It argues that the times, the thought, and the thinkers were all favorably prepared so that Thomism could take deep roots in the University of Santo Tomas even if most of the Catholic Universities in Europe suffered from the attacks against the Church brought by the political and intellectual upheavals that occasioned the 19th century rationalist humanism. It was not then difficult to pursue in the University of Santo Tomas the aims of Aeterni Patris because Thomism was already a dominant paradigm in its academic activities.


Keywords : Thomas Aquinas, University of Santo Tomas, Ceferino Gonzalez, Thomism in Asia

Turning Points in the Teaching of Sacred Scripture at the University of Santo Tomas (1965 – 2021)  
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https://doi.org/10.55997/5003pslvi171a2   
 Author/s : 
Efren O. Rivera, OP

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This paper reflects the paradigm shifts experienced in teaching the Sacred Scripture at the University of Santo Tomas from 1965 – 2021. The context of the teaching of Sacred Scripture at the University of Santo Tomas from 1965 to the present (2021) is the several, significant, and fast-paced changes in the Church locally, and in Asia, internationally. The Ecclesiastical Faculties of the University of Santo Tomas did not experience any turbulence during this period. However, the Faculties made changes. Sometimes we went ahead of changes in the “first world” Churches, as when we helped produce the first five Interconfessional translations of the Bible (Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilokano, Hiligaynon and Waray) with the Tagalog being published in time to be presented to Pope John Paul II during his first visit to the country in 1980, and we collaborated in the building up of the first National (Inculturated) Catholic Catechism (1992-1997). Our Faculty of Sacred Theology also gave prominence to Mary in Scripture when, by the second half of the 1960s, careful attention was given to the Infancy Narratives of Matthew and Luke, and the Marian texts of John 2:1-11 and 19:25. Pastorally, our Theology students were encouraged, as early as 1983 to have devotion to “Our Lady of the Bible” whose presence and words had something to do with the first miracle of Jesus at Cana in Galilee.


Keywords : University of Santo Tomas, Scriptures, Marian Devotion, Dei Verbum, Biblical Interpretation

A Pedagogical Ministry for the Cultural Heritage of the Church in the University of Santo Tomas  
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https://doi.org/10.55997/5004pslvi171a3   
 Author/s : 
Isidro C. Abaño, OP

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The paper is a narration of the University of Santo Tomas’s response to the call of the Church to form most especially the clergy in the area of cultural heritage. As part of her response, the University has established special subjects in the Ecclesiastical Faculties, a Master’s program in Cultural Heritage Studies at the Graduate School, the CCCPET – Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics, and continuous upgrading and development of the UST Museum. All of them have the same end in view, that is, for the formation of the Christian community and Evangelization that started in this country 500 years ago.


Keywords : Church Cultural Heritage, University of Santo Tomas, CCCPET, UST Museum, Pedagogical Ministry

UST’s Contribution to the Development of Moral Theology in the Philippines  
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https://doi.org/10.55997/5005pslvi171a4   
 Author/s : 
Rodel E. Aligan, OP

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The paper discusses the contribution of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), particularly of the Faculty of Sacred Theology, to the development of Moral Theology in the Philippines. It traces the foundations of UST’s Moral Theology tradition from the Thomistic Aristotelian tradition of the Dominicans who taught this discipline in UST. It also talks of missionary catechesis as a method in moral theology, and of the manualist moral theology. It moreover discusses the development of moral theology after the Second Vatican Council. It will end with a mention of the emergence of Bioethics, treated as a theological moral discipline, and the introduction of the Salamanca process in the teaching and research of Moral Theology. It concludes with a presentation of how the professors of moral theology in the University responded to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Keywords : University of Santo Tomas, Moral Theology, Bioethics, Church in the Philippines, Missionary Catechesis

Christianity in the Philippines: UST’s Contribution to Bioethics  
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https://doi.org/10.55997/5006pslvi171a5   
 Author/s : 
Fausto B. Gomez, OP

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In my reflection entitled Christianity in the Philippines: UST’S Contribution to Bioethics, I focused on four major points. First, the iter or journey of bioethics in the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila. Second, the grounding reasons for bioethics in the University’s Faculties of Theology and of Medicine and Surgery, and the future of Bioethics from a theological point of view. Third, the curricular offerings of the UST Faculties of Theology and Medicine and Surgery in Bioethics. Fourth, the need of bioethics for everyone. I reflected on bioethics from an ethical and theological perspective – from reason and faith.


Keywords : Bioethics, Christianity in the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Theology and Bioethics

A Man of Vision and Faithful Sentinel of Catholic Theology: Fr. Francisco Marin-Sola, O.P.  
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https://doi.org/10.55997/5007pslvi171a6   
 Author/s : 
Allan A. Basas

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On the occasion of the 500th year of the commemoration of Christianity’s coming to the Philippines, the Filipino people profoundly remember how God bestowed abundant graces to them. Proofs to this remembrance are the external and internal manifestation of gratefulness among the Filipino people. The milestones reached by the Church in the Philippines are not an invitation to blow the horns of triumphalism but a call to profound introspection and humility. Thus, remembering how God has sustained us for half a millennium leads us back to people whom God used as conduits of His overflowing mercy. In this paper, I focus on Fr. Francisco Marin-Sola, O.P., who has contributed significantly to Catholic theology. Fr. Marin, as he is fondly called, had ties with the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. It was in this institution that he was able to hone his virtues and skills as a student, teacher, and writer. This Dominican’s natural talent blended well with St. Thomas Aquinas’ framework that led to the production of works reflecting the latter’s genius. Fr. Marin’s most notable work is titled, The Homogeneous Evolution of the Catholic Dogma, a compilation of articles published in La Ciencia Tomista during the early 1900s. In this work, he used the term “evolution” to investigate the Catholic doctrine’s homogeneous growth, which at that time, many viewed as provocative and a deviation from tradition. Criticized at first, his docility and vigilance earned him respect from his contemporaries. This paper also explored Fr. Marin’s significant contribution to Catholic theology counting him as one of the greatest Dominicans who graced UST with his meaningful presence.


Keywords : Catholic Dogma, Evolution, Francisco Marin-Sola, Homogeneous, Modernism, Theological Implicitness

Thomistic Psychology in the Works of Fr. Angel de Blas, OP  
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https://doi.org/10.55997/5008pslvi171a7   
 Author/s : 
Joel C. Sagut

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The celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines is also an opportunity for the University of Santo Tomas (Manila) to look into her own history, and on how that history intersects with the larger history of Christianity in the Philippines. Being one of the oldest Christian institutions in the Philippines, the University has been home to several thinkers who have, in their own way, contributed to the growth of Christianity in the country. This paper takes a historical look at the contribution of one Thomasian, Fr. Angel de Blas, OP, who wrote and taught in the University of Santo Tomas from the early to the middle part of the 20th Century. He thrived at a time when new developments were emerging in the academic landscape of the Philippines, particularly in the area of philosophy and psychology. At that time, psychology was slowly emerging as a distinct discipline in the human sciences, and the philosophical temperament in the country was also slowly embracing traditions other than scholasticism and Thomism. The paper will attempt to articulate Fr. Angel de Blas, OP’s contribution during this time of the transition. It also hopes to show that this Dominican has demonstrated a way of dialoguing Catholic philosophy and life with the developments of the sciences.


Keywords : Twentieth Century Thomism in the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Thomistic Psychology, History of Psychology in the Philippines

Liturgical Inculturation and the Dominican Rituals after the Second Vatican Council  
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https://doi.org/10.55997/5009pslvi171a8   
 Author/s : 
Roberto L. Luanzon, Jr., OP

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The Order of Preachers recognized the importance of having its rituals inculturated after the Second Vatican Council. The different General Chapters of the Dominican Order from 1965 affirmed this fact. They formed different liturgical commissions to bring them to reality. One of the most important liturgical inculturation of Dominican rituals they did was on the rite of religious profession. This is the focus of discussion of this article, more specifically, on the rite of solemn profession as theologically it is the most distinctive and ritually, the most complete of all the rites of religious profession. There are two inculturated Dominican rites of religious profession. The first was confirmed ad interim by the Sacred Congregation for the Divine Worship in 1973 while the second one was fully confirmed in 1998. Both of them returned to their ancient rite of religious profession, and maintain, omit, replace, and make optional some of the prayers and rituals of the Roman Rite of religious profession in order to express the character and mission of the Dominican Order. They also integrate some of the prayers and rituals of the ancient rite of religious profession within the Roman Rite. This is for the purpose of maintaining the simplicity, brevity, and solemnity of the ancient Dominican rite of religious profession. But what is wanting is to let this Dominican ritual be inculturated further according to its local Dominican situation and the culture of a specific country.


Keywords : Religious Profession, Order of Preachers (Dominican Order), Dominican Rituals, Second Vatican Council, Liturgical Inculturation

REVIEWS AND NOTICES (SPECIAL ISSUE - PART 2, 2021)  
 DOI : 
https://doi.org/10.55997/5010pslvi171br   
 Author/s : 
Norberto M. Castillo, O.P.

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Editor's Note

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Jesus M. Miranda, Jr., OP

The year 2021 is a special year for the Philippines and the Dominican Order. It is the fifth centennial of the introduction of Christianity to the Philippines and the 800th year of the Dies Natalis of St. Dominic de Guzman in heaven.

The Philippiniana Sacra dedicates three issues to these significant celebrations. The works, collected here, present an in-depth scholarly understanding of the missionaries’ collegial efforts in evangelizing the so-called “bastion of Christianity in Asia,” which started in the 1500s. The topics range from key historical figures, modes of preaching or missionary approaches, the establishment of religious centers for evangelization, the arts, and the development of educational institutions.

Jorge Mojarro, Ph.D., a professor in the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas, serves as Guest Editor for the issue on the fifth centenary of Christianity in the Philippines. Prof. Mojarro specializes in global Hispanic literature, and teaches and researches on transpacific studies and early Iberian accounts about Asia (1550–1700).

The Philippiniana Sacra also offers a gesture of honor to St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers, in commemoration of the eighth centennial of his death. The Center for Theology, Religious Studies and Ethics (CTRSE) of the University of Santo Tomas is working on the second volume, which bears the theme “The Dominican Way of Building the Church.” CTRSE is under the directorship of Fr. Jannel Abogado, OP, DTPS, who is Guest Editor of the other volumes of the special issues.

May our dear researchers, in pursuit of newfound knowledge, find joy in opening and browsing this website. We invite them to join us, humble sons of Dominic de Guzman, as we endeavor to perpetuate Father Dominic’s pivotal role in serving the Church that he loved, especially here in a region that he may have never imagined or known when he founded the Order of Preachers.

May the Veritas that we all search for lead us toward love, as the letter to the Ephesians 4:15 would want us all to reflect on, Veritas in Caritate.

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