Courses

The program of studies encompasses the whole range of the truth that the Catholic faith professes. This truth, as St. Thomas explains, is twofold. Firstly, there is the truth that the faith professes and reason investigates. Secondly, there is the truth of faith that surpasses reason.

Philosophy

The first order of truth is virtually co-extensive with philosophy but it is considered within the faith as the knowledge of God.

For teaching purposes the Centre provides basic courses in philosophy because the truth of reason is fundamental to our understanding.

The Centre recommends these courses be undertaken at an early stage. Many of the errors in regard to the faith, as history shows, have their origin in bad philosophy.

The principal parts of philosophy, adopting Aristotle’s division, are as follows:

Sacred Theology

The second order of truth is studied in Sacred Theology (hereafter referred to as Theology).

It is to be carefully noted as explained above that the same truths of reason studied in philosophy, which have been revealed and hence are considered under the light of faith, also become a part of sacred theology.

Theology is a seamless whole. Strictly speaking, it has no parts. It is all about God and everything in it is studied precisely as related to God. Nonetheless, we cannot study it without dividing it up as it were in our minds.

  • Positive Theology (i.e Sacred Scripture & Tradition (together as one source of Revelation) with the Magisterium being the authoritative interpreter)
  • Dogmatic Theology, ( God as God and as Creator)
  • Moral Theology (God as our end or happiness)

Inasmuch as we are beings with rational minds every study we make of things consists in the first place of laying down of principles and in the second place of the conclusions we may rationally draw from them. In applying this mental division in our method of study to Theology, however, we need to remember that Theology employs more than logic. It makes use of the whole range of rational and imaginative arts.