Henri de Lubac’s Criticism of Indirect Power

by Matthew Gaetano In my previous post, I discussed theologians who offered interpretations of the doctrine of the two swords before the Second Vatican Council. While some hierocrats believed that the pope’s two swords made him lord of the world, Vitoria, Bellarmine, and Suarez argued that popes had indirect power in temporal matters. Papal power… Read More Henri de Lubac’s Criticism of Indirect Power

Boniface VIII’s Two Swords and the Theologians

by Matthew Gaetano In the excellent dialogue hosted at the Regensburg Forum several months ago about Vatican II, religious freedom, and political theology, Boniface VIII seems (quite understandably) to have been in the background. His 1308 bull Unam Sanctam makes several claims that remain important to contemporary theological discussion. Boniface speaks of two swords: the spiritual and the temporal. Both… Read More Boniface VIII’s Two Swords and the Theologians

The Beautiful Madness of Vladimir Soloviev: Russian Wisdom and Dignitatis Humanae

by Andrew Kuiper ‘Bella idea, ma fuor d’un miracolo, é cosa impossible’ (a beautiful idea but, short of a miracle, impossible to carry out).  This was the response of Pope Leo XIII to Vladimir Soloviev’s (1853-1900) program for ecclesial-political unity between East and West. It is certainly an understandable skepticism given the sprawling scope of… Read More The Beautiful Madness of Vladimir Soloviev: Russian Wisdom and Dignitatis Humanae

Concluding Thoughts on Dignitatis Humanae

This is Steven Wedgeworth’s response to Thomas Pink’s concluding remarks. It is the final essay in a four-part debate between Thomas Pink and Steven Wedgeworth on the historical and conceptual coherence of Dignitatis Humanae, and thereby the traditional Catholic teachings on church and state. The previous installments are: Pink: Tyranny, Contradiction or Continuity: A Reformed-Catholic… Read More Concluding Thoughts on Dignitatis Humanae

Dignitatis Humanae – A Leonine Balancing Act

This is Thomas Pink’s concluding argument in a series of exchanges on Dignitatis Humanae. His kick-off essay can be found here (along with an introduction to the overall debate), with a response essay here from Steven Wedgeworth. Next week, Wedgeworth will make his final arguments. I have presented a Leonine interpretation of Dignitatis Humanae – an account that… Read More Dignitatis Humanae – A Leonine Balancing Act

Design by Committee: the Challenge of Reading Dignitatis Humanae Aright

This is part II in a debate between Thomas Pink  and Steven Wedgeworth (Roman Catholic and Reformed, respectively) on Dignitatis Humanae and Catholic teaching on religious liberty and coercion. Part I may be found here, along with a short introduction and context for the debate. Steven Wedgeworth – Christ Church in Lakeland, Director for the Davenant Trust Professor… Read More Design by Committee: the Challenge of Reading Dignitatis Humanae Aright

Tyranny, Contradiction or Continuity? A Reformed-Catholic Debate on Dignitatis Humanae and Religious Liberty

The editors of The Regensburg Forum are pleased to host an exchange between Dr. Thomas Pink and Pastor Steven Wedgeworth on the coherence and historical context of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on the state’s obligations to facilitate true religion, specifically as expressed in the most comprehensive and authoritative of its modern documents, Dignitatis Humanae. Wedgeworth recently… Read More Tyranny, Contradiction or Continuity? A Reformed-Catholic Debate on Dignitatis Humanae and Religious Liberty