Tradition, Innovation, and Thomism: Reading Aquinas in an Era of Christian Self-Doubt (Fr. Schenk)
Fr. Richard Schenk, OP (Fribourg University, Germany) – “Memory and Conversion: Thomistic Ressourcement and Productive Non-Contemporaneity”
After Vatican II, Thomism was often seen as a hindrance to the Church in her engagement with contemporary society. Today that assumption is being revisited. There is a renaissance in Thomistic studies, often in collaboration with other academic disciplines and in engagement with contemporary theology and philosophy. This event discussed the fate of Thomism in a post-Vatican II setting. What are its challenges and opportunities? How can the study of Aquinas’ thought contribute to the vitality of the Church’s intellectual tradition today?