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Newman-Scotus DC 2010

Video – Conferences #113: Newman Scotus – Fr. Ed Ondrako – Anticipate Modern Christianity

Sunday, December 5th, 2010
Click to Play Video Conferences #113 – Fr. Ondrako gives the final lecture ( 61min) >>> Play

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The final lecture for the Newman-Scotus Symposium is given by Rev. Dr. Edward Ondrako, OFMConv. titled: Intuition and Certitude: Newman and Scotus Anticipate Liberal Christianity and Modern Voluntarism

Fr Edward Ondrako explores how Scotus anticipated the theology and thinking of Newman and both of them anticipated [and gave an orthodox rebuttal to] much of modern theology. He ties this to the balance that Pope Benedict is advocating between a continuity with the doctrinal tradition on the one hand and the relating it to the modern culture on the other. (more…)

Video – Conferences #112: Newman Scotus – Sr. Ingham Keynote Re-fashioning the Imagination around Love

Saturday, December 4th, 2010
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Conferences #112 – Sr. Ingham gives the keynote address ( 59min) >>> Play

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The keynote address for Newman-Scotus Symposium the is given by Sr. Mary Beth Ingham who advocates for a shift of our concept of rational activity from an intellectual centrality to that of the will along the lines of  Scotus who is the most famous of the Franciscan masters.

Notes:

Anselm comodi and justistia two desires of our rational self. Comodi for personal health, happiness. Justisia is a desire for justice, good for goodness itself. both of these things need to be pursued. Anselm and Scotus believe that these two must work together in order for us to be different from the animals. (more…)

Video – Conferences #106: Deacon Jack Sullivan – Miracle for Newman

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
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Conferences #106 – Deacon Jack – miracles from Newman (44min) >>> Play

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Witness Lecture for the Newman-Scotus Symposium is given by Deacon Jack Sullivan: A Personal Account of the Experience of a Miracle

He talks about Redemptive Suffering of Newman. There is much suffering in life but if we accept with trust in God, that he has our best interest in mind, then we will grow in grace. This is the “kindly light” of truth that Newman always followed in the “gathering gloom”. He relates this to his own suffering that led him to pray for the intercession of venerable Newman. One day he woke with excruciating pain in his legs which turned out to be a sever restriction in his spinal cord by the physical deformation of his vertebra and disks. His Doctor said it was the worst case he had seen in seventeen years as a back specialist. Listen to Jack as he describes how one simple prayer to John Newman was able to cure him first temporarily and then permanently as he prayed a second time. He also relates other miracles that have occurred with Newman’s intercession.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Conferences #105: Newman Scotus – Fr. Fehlner – Scotus and Newman in Dialogue Pt2

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
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Conferences #105 – Fr. Peter in his Second Lecture for the Symposium ( 64min) >>> Play

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Lecture 5 of the Newman-Scotus Symposium is by Rev. Dr. Fehlner: Scotus and Newman in Dialogue: Examples of Scotistic Affinities in Newman, the Will, the Critical Question (of Interiorization) and Faith

Fr. Peter first comments on Dr. Noone’s last talk that Newman and Scotus disagrees with each other on process of assent. But this is not the starting point. Going to God given the differences is difficulty. Scotus term simplicite simplex, Perfect being, that is God and so radically different. But they have a common starting point in their Christology and Mariology.

Fr. Peter mentions:

  • Key is to find where Newman fits in the Franciscan view (more…)

Video – Conferences #104: Scotus Newman – Dr. Noone – Knowledge, Assent, and Faith

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
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Conferences #104 – Dr. Timothy Noone ( 49min) >>> Play

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Lecture 5 of the Newman-Scotus Symposium is by Dr. Noone: Bl. Duns Scotus and Bl. John Newman on Knowledge, Assent, and Faith

Dr. Noone basis his lecture on Scotus’ Tenet Philosphi Perfectionem Naturae addressing the need for natural and supernatural knowledge in faith and the place for each. Scotus teaches that natural intellect can come to some knowledge of God but cannot come to certainty that God is truly Triune and that we are destined to enjoy the beatific vision of Him.  A person can however at least understand what these concepts are saying.

Scotus deals with Philosophers pointing out the limits of their reasoning and conclusions and to use persuasion to show the continuity of the different elements of faith and so demonstrate its credibility. Some consider Scotus to be skeptical on this point but he is simply exhibiting his concern to maintain the distinction and coherence between reason and faith.

Newmanesque Intimations – Acquired natural faith is when we believe others on a natural level like the fact that Rome exists even if we have never seen it. This relates to Newman’s arguments that we accept that England is an island even without rowing around it, also, similarly argued by Augustine.

Dr. Noone then covers Scotus’ teaching on infused faith, how we believe with certainty, experiencing the higher forms of assent. He first outlines other forms of knowledge showing how complete Scotus’ analysis typically is. He then covers many points of comparison and contrast between Scotus and Newman.

Q and A

Fr Ed points out for reflection, if no universities start any earlier than Kant for philosophy and leave out Medieval Philosophyentirely, then how can we prepare our seminarians for ministry? And there are other interesting questions as well.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Conferences #103: Dr. Ford: Newman’s Personalist Argument for God

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010
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Conferences #103 – Dr. Ford gives his Second lecture ( 65min) >>> Play

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The fourth talk of the Newman-Scotus Symposium is given by Rev. Dr. Ford and titled “Newman’s Personalist Argument for Belief in God.” He first covers Newman’s aversion of philosophical proofs of God’s existence since they are theoretical, not real and not personally engaging as is required for personal assent to faith. He underscores the difference by comparing those who are willing to die for the Pythagorean Theorem (nobody) vs those who are willing to die for the faith. (more…)

Video – Conferences #102: Scotus Newman – Fr. McCurry – Summary of First Day

Monday, November 29th, 2010
Click to Play Video Conferences #102 – Fr. James McCurry Summarizes the first day.  ( 11min) >>> Play

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Fr. James McCurry, OFMConv. summarizes the talks of the first day at the Newman-Scotus Symposium from Rev. Dr. Ford, Dr Noone and Rev. Dr. Fehlner.

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Video – Conferences #101: Scotus Newman – Panel 1- Q4 – Role of Illumination

Monday, November 29th, 2010
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Conferences #101 – Rev. Dr. John Ford ( 08min) >>> Play

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Newman-Scotus Symposium – Deacon John Sullivan asks what role illumination plays in the intellect.

Dr. Ford answers by calling this the eureka moment where many different peaces of information comes together into one sudden insight that brings it all together in one coherent picture. Newman speaks of taking a view, and that this leads to a need for action to follow through by conversion and to show others this new view.

Follow up question, how do know if this new view or eureka moment is true?

Dr. Ford answers by saying there is no formula to know. But only points to the need to include the need for the will being involved in the process of inference.

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Video – Conferences #100: Soctus Newman – Panel 1- Q3 – Reconnect Will and Intellect Requested by Pope

Sunday, November 28th, 2010
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Conferences #100 – Dr. Noone answering questions at the Newman-Scotus Symposium ( 16min) >>> Play

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Newman-Scotus Symposium – Fr. Ed Ondrako asks how we might implement what the Pope asked for, to reconnect will and intellect?

Dr. Noone answers that the problem is rooted in Descartes by disassociating will from intellect. He was aware of Scotus and used his thoughts but ultimately subverted them. He covers the progress from Descartes and even sketches the reasons why Scotus is blamed due to misconceptions about him.

Fr. Ed adds that it is very heard to stay clear of misconceptions.

Dr. Noone reflects on the rarity of authors and philosophers to be free of preconceptions and pints to the exception of Etienne Gilson who saw right past the heavy bias against Scotus in the 1920′s and 30′s. And that it is sad that Scotus is not included in the great books program.

Fr. Ed further reflects on how this exposes a lack of knowledge of medieval history.

Sr. Mary Beth Ingham reflects on how challenging Scotus is to modern impoverished notions of thought and intellectual activity and even the notion of the person. Scotus does not hold to a real distinction between Intellect and will whereas Aquinas did have this distinction and led to a rather strict separation between the two.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Conferences #99: Scotus Newman – Panel 1- Q2 – What is meant by Heart in Scotus

Friday, November 26th, 2010
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Conferences #99 – Fr. Peter on Scotus and the Heart ( 20min) >>> Play

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Newman-Scotus Symposium – What is meant by Heart in Scotus, Bonaventure and the Franciscan tradition? Fr. Peter answers this question. Heart in Augustine really means the essence of a person. And this is used very similarly in Bonaventure in the Itinerarium with the interiorization. Father goes into considerable detail outlining the use of the world by Augustine, Bonaventure, Francis de Sales, Aquinas, and generally in the Franciscan school. He points out that the Franciscans make a strong distinction between doctrine and spirituality. St.Margaret Mary Alaquoqe, St. John Eudes, Two Hearts and Sacred Hearts which is related to the Church which is from Duns Scotus. He relates this to Scotus’ teaching of the absolute primacy of Christ. The devotion to the hearts of Jesus and Mary popularizes the scotistic teaching.

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Video – Conferences #98: Scotus Newman – Panel 1- Q1 – Pope’s Comments

Thursday, November 25th, 2010
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Conferences #98 – Dr. Noone addressing a question ( 11min) >>> Play

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On the first night of the Newman-Scotus Symposium we have the first Panel discussion. Fr. James McCurry asks the first question, how the Pope seemed to blame Scotus for Modernism at Regensberg but then later, at a Wednesday address, to praise him and basically retract his negative statement. Dr. Timothy Noone addresses this and explains the basis for this common objection to Scotus that comes from a long standing misconception about the Scotus’ teaching. One is the misconception that Scotus is voluntarist and the other that he is a nominalist and involves Scotus’ teaching on the common nature.

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Video – Conferences #97: Fr. James McCurry – Prayer to Scotus and Newman

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
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Conferences #97 – Fr. James McCurry reciting the prayer for Canonization of Bls. Scotus and Newman ( 06min) >>> Play

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For Scotus Month:

During the the Newman-Scotus Symposium in Washington, DC on Oct 22, Fr. James McCurry makes the first public recitation of the new prayer to obtain the canonization of Bl. John Newman and Bl. John Duns Scotus. Please follow along using the subtitles in the video. The text has also been provided below. Bls. Newman and Scotus pray for us!

Prayer to Obtain the Canonization of
Bl. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) and
Bl. John Duns Scotus (1265-1308)

Heavenly Father, the two great Oxford scholars, Bl. John Duns Scotus and Bl. John Henry Newman, spent their lives in the service of Holy Mother Church and the salvation of souls. With courageous loyalty to the truth and exemplary obedience to the Church they sought to show how best to sanctify the intellect in the pursuit of holiness and wisdom. The insights of Bl. John Duns Scotus into the mystery of divine love and the Incarnation, his profound understanding of and devotion to the Immaculate Virgin Mother, his defense of the Holy Eucharist and the Church; the sage counsels of Bl. John Henry on living our faith in a radically secularized world and his deeply moving illustrations of our hope inspire us to ask you, the Giver of all good gifts, to grant that these two great examples of Christian virtue and learning might soon be counted among the Saints to be imitated by the faithful.

Through the intercession of Bl. Scotus we ask you for this favor….

Through the intercession of Bl. Newman we ask you for this favor….

In all this, may we learn to speak “heart to heart” with Jesus through Mary and pass from “shadows and images into the Truth”, your Son and our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

Please report any favors received from either Bl. Scotus or Bl. Newman to:

The Very Reverend James McCurry, OFMConv.
12300 Folly Quarter Rd.
Ellicott City, MD 21042

IMPRIMATUR + Edwin F. O’Brien, D.D,
Archbishop, Archdiocese of Baltimore

Ave Maria!

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Video – Conferences #96: Fr P. Fehlner Scotus and Newman in Dialogue Pt 1of2

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
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Conferences #96 – Fr. Peter Fehlner at Washington Theological Union ( 57min) >>> Play

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In this 3rd talk of the Newman-Scotus Symposium presented by the Conventual Franciscans at the Washington Theological Union on Oct 22-24, 2010, Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner gives a talk titled “Scotus and Newman in Dialogue – Scotus Metaphysician – Newman Phenomenologist.” He  points out that Newman agreed and even specifically refers to Scotus’ opinion of the motive for the incarnation, that is, the Franciscan Thesis, the Absolute Primacy of Christ, that Christ would have come even if Adam had not sinned. And in regard to the Immaculate Conception, which Scotus was so prominent in giving a theological basis, is key to understanding the difference between Protestants and Catholics and why Catholics are orthodox. Also, both Scotus and Newman have been accused by Harold Weatherby of being the seeds (more…)

Video – Conferences #95: Newman-Scotus – Dr. Noone – Scotus Intuition & Abstraction

Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Click to Play Video Conferences #95 -Dr. Timothy Noone, Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America and member of the International Scotus Commission ( 55min) >>> Play

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Dr Timothy Noone, professor of Scotistic Philosophy at Catholic University, gives the 2nd talk of the Newman-Scotus Symposium presented by the Conventual Franciscans at the Washington Theological Union on Oct 22-24, 2010.  He titled his talk Blessed Johns Duns Scotus on Intuitive Cognition, Abstractive Cognition, Scientific Knowledge and Our Knowledge of God. He discusses the cognitive process according to Scotus as it compares to that of the more familiar Thomas Aquinas. His goal is to give the background of Scotus’ teaching on the process of human knowledge in order to provide a basis for discussing the similarities with Bl. John Henry Newman in his next talk the following day. (more…)

Video – Conferences #94: Scotus Newman – Dr Ford – Newman’s Reasonable Approach to Faith

Sunday, November 21st, 2010
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Conferences #94 – Rev. Dr. Ford, editor of Newman Studies and Professor of Historical Theology at the Catholic University of America ( 54min) >>> Play

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In this 1st talk of the Newman-Scotus Symposium presented by the Conventual Franciscans at the Washington Theological Union on Oct 22-24, 2010, Rev. Dr. John Ford of the Catholic University of America gives a talk titled “Newman’s Reasonable Approach to Faith.” Dr. Ford discusses the search of Cardinal Newman for the Via Media between the two extremes of his day, the hyper-rationalism of the Evidentialists that said reason is the only thing that is important in knowledge and the hyper-pietistic position of the Evangelicals that said faith is impenetrable to reason. He discusses how Newman sees the meeting place of these two seemingly incompatible positions is the personalist approach that shows the rational process is very personal and has many stages that lead to many different conclusions by different people even if given the same data. Dr. Ford explains how this resolution led him to the Catholic Faith and, further, what its ramifications are for evangelizing, using a car salesman analogy. This has many similarities to Scotus who was doing the same between the Franciscan Platonic tradition and the Dominican Aristotelian tradition as Dr. Noone alludes to in the question and answer period. Dr. Ford then connects these personalist concepts with Newman’s motto, Cor ad cor loquitor, Heart speaks to heart.

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