Humanae Vitae: 50 years later

On the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the encyclical Humanae Vitae I share the reflection to which the title of this Symposium invites us. I will consider the framework in which I understand that we must place this encyclical, the background and context in which it was published, and the social nature of the principles it supports.

Hispanic Thomistic Bibliography of the year 2018

Continuing the repertoire started six years ago, in this issue of Espiritu we collect the Hispanic Thomistic bibliography of 2018. With the adjective “Hispanic” we specify that this catalog includes publications in any of the languages born in ancient Hispania: Spanish, Portuguese and Galician, Catalan and Basque.

Thomas and the Thomists: The achievement of Thomas Aquinas and his interpreters

Being the fourth publication of the series Mapping the tradition, aimed at beginner and intermediate students, Thomas and the Thomists fully fulfills the objective of offering a compact introduction to a great thinker of the Christian tradition. This volume presents Thomas Aquinas, focusing first on his biography and then delving into the vast legacy left in Christian theology. Cessario and Cuddy emphasize the genius and richness of the Thomist intellectual tradition after the saint.

Jung and the occult

Carl Gustav Jung was born in 1875 in Kesswil, a small town in German Switzerland. His father was a Protestant pastor and in his family there were other pastors: two brothers of the father and six relatives of the mother were pastors.

Logical Positivism and Carnap’s Confirmability on the Meaningfulness of Religious Language

The characteristic claim of the group of thinkers who referred to themselves as “The Vienna Circle” and who formed the philosophical movement now known as “Logical Positivism” was their acceptance of the so-called verifiability principle. Put briefly, the verifiability principle is an empiricist criterion of meaning which says that only those statements that are verifiable by (i.e., logically deducible from) observational statements are cognitively meaningful. Statements that do not satisfy the verifiability principle were taken to be cognitively meaningless, statements that failed to describe any state of affairs.

In memoriam Francisco Canals

On February 7, 2009, Professor Francisco Canals, member emeritus of the Pontifical Academy of Santo Tomás, died in Barcelona after a long and fruitful life dedicated to study and teaching, mainly of the thought of the Common Doctor of the Church.

Moral dynamics and the human condition

About the document of the International Theological Commission, “In search of a universal practice. New look on the natural law “. By extension, we observe that we have no other pretension than that of a first contact with a document that is destined to have a great repercussion in the reflection on the moral nature of our human existence.

Some paradoxes of the constitutional State and its emergence in the current economic crisis

There is a certain consensus that, beyond the strictly economic and financial causes, it seems that the current crisis has to do with moral issues, which are either sharpening the problems or will affect a slower recovery. After decades of weak thinking, in the public discourse strong values ​​reappear, which refer to the personal and social virtues that are needed to succeed: industriousness, honesty, commitment, respect for the given word, austerity … Also, according to the budgetary limitations of the State and the risk of the collapse of the Social Security become more evident, the gaze turns to socially valuable institutions (such as the Church or the family), which are not only able to educate in the virtues previously outlined , but they constitute the best social buffer in situations of helplessness. Now, a novelty in the current crisis is that it will be the first one for Spanish society to live without the family mattress still existing: not only because immigrants – the first to notice the crisis – do not have families rooted in Spain, with a capacity to help them in difficult situations, but also because millions of Spaniards lack this mattress, due to the deterioration of the family institution experienced by Spanish society in recent decades.