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"[Anti-Thomist] Francis Honors [Anti-Thomist] Prof. Jean-Luc Marion with one of World’s Top Theology Prizes"

"Oltvai argues that Pope Francis, born as Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, departs from the Thomistic positions of his predecessor, while adopting the notions of the face, the gaze and the other in his pontifical communication, such as in Evangelii gaudium and Amoris Laetitia. This stands close to the philosophical positions of not only Levinas, but also those of Marion, a French Catholic theologian, phenomenological philosopher and a student of [postmodernist Heideggerian] Jacques Derrida." - Pablo Markin

A few days ago it was reported that Francis honored anti-Thomist theologian Jean-Luc Marion":

"Jean-Luc Marion... has been awarded the Ratzinger Prize for his lifetime achievements in theology."

"Awarded annually by Pope Francis and considered one of the world’s most prestigious awards for theological study." [https://news.uchicago.edu/story/pope-francis-honors-prof-jean-luc-marion-one-worlds-top-theology-prizes]

The Francis honored "top theolog[ian]" Marion has attacked Doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas' Catholic philosophical metaphysics in his book "God Without Being" and elsewhere: 

"Marion writes 'God' crossed out, to show that the phenomenality of the biblical God, revealed above all in the Cross, is in constant contradiction with the idol-building proclivities of the human mind, of which metaphysics is one of the most impressive products.Dieu sans l'Etre was taken as an attack on Thomism, for which 'being' is the first of the divine names after the Tetragrammaton. On this point Marion has backtracked a little. He now claims that 'metaphysics', properly speaking, means only the modern onto-theo-logy that begins with Descartes, and that when Thomas Aquinas speaks of God as "being itself subsisting" (ipsum esse subsistens) he is close to Denys, for this God cannot be brought under the categories of metaphysics but exceeds them at every point. Apart from the implausibility of a definition of metaphysics that does not include Aristotle, I find it disappointing that Marion has not attempted to think through the tensions between his phenomenological approach to God and Thomas's metaphysical one. A phenomenological overcoming of the objectifying metaphysical horizons of Thomism remains one of the great tasks of contemporary theology..."

"... Conservative theologians... are alarmed by the novelty of his language and the potential dangers of talking of "God without being." [https://josephsoleary.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/01/the_theological.html]

Scholar Graham Ward appears to say that the anti-Thomist is a postmodernist Heideggerian fideist:

"Marion's thesis situates... positing the trinitarian God... in distance, absence, the aporia, the anarchy which other postmodernist thinkers read as nihilism... "

"... In God Without Being, on the basis of a distinction (first declared by Heidegger) that the logic of philosophy and the logic of faith are irreconcilable." (The Modern Theologians, Page 332)  

The book An Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theolog says of Marion's apparent teacher of "distinction[s]" in philosophy and theology that the Nazi philosopher Martin "Heidegger has his own resolution of the mystery: being is nothing, but is the continual presencing of absence in time." (Page 682)

The scholar Pablo Markin states that Francis appears to "departs from...Thomistic positions" in his "close" following of anti-Thomist Marion's teachings in his encyclical Amoris Laetitia:

"Oltvai argues that Pope Francis, born as Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, departs from the Thomistic positions of his predecessor, while adopting the notions of the face, the gaze and the other in his pontifical communication, such as in Evangelii gaudium and Amoris Laetitia. This stands close to the philosophical positions of not only Levinas, but also those of Marion, a French Catholic theologian, phenomenological philosopher and a student of [postmodernist Heideggerian] Jacques Derrida." [https://dgo.hypotheses.org/221]

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

 

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