The Final Gladness

James V. Schall

The Pope, Corpus Christi, and the Sacred
"The Sacrament of the Charity of Christ ought to permeate all our daily lives."

The Pope on Pentecost and True Unity
Universal brotherhood is something for eternal life, prefigured at Pentecost in the charge that the Spirit gave to the Apostles.

On Georgetown and the Essential Unity of All Knowledge
Freedoms are being restricted with the aid of Catholics who have denied, in practice, any real connection between reason and revelation.

The "All" and the "Many"
The Pope reminds the German bishops that what is at stake are correct understandings of salvation, divine revelation, and liturgy.

The Ryan Lecture
Solidarity, envy, and the dangers of a society that sees itself divided between rich and poor.

"A God who responds to our reason": Schall on Benedict on Mexico

Something missing?
It is scandalous that most Catholic universities have been silent about attacks on religious freedom

Schall on Goldman

What Plato Advises

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The Modern Age The Mind that is Catholic

Catholic Mind:
James V. Schall on
Embracing the Whole of Reality

The mind that is Catholic is open to all sources of information, including what comes from Revelation.

Revelation is not opposed to reason as if it were some blind source.
Revelation has its own intelligibility that can be grasped and compared or addressed to what we know in reason.

Catholicism does not define reason as if it only meant a reason that follows some methodology where the terms of the method decide what we are allowed to see or consider.

The very definition of mind is that power that is open to all that is.

We human beings are not gods.
But we do know and the object of our knowledge is all that is.
It is characteristic of the Catholic mind to insist that all that is knowable is available and considered by us in our reflections on reality.

The Classical Moment: Selected Essays on Knowledge and Its Pleasures Regensburg

The Mind That Is Catholic

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What is Political Philosophy?

What is 'Roman Catholic
Political Philosophy'?

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Roman Catholic Political Philosophy

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Revelation and Political Philosophy:
An Exchange with James V. Schall, S.J.

An interview with Schall about his article,
James V. Schall, "Revelation and Political Philosophy: On Locating the Best City", Telos 148 (Fall 2009): 16-27.

Jerusalem, Athens, and Rome: Essays in Honor of James V. Schall, S.J.

The Present American Polity
Never forget that freedom not based in truth is license. In Sermon 7 of Subjects of the Day, Newman wrote: "The world has many sins, but its peculiar offence is that of daring to reason contrary to God’s Word and will. It puts wrong aims before itself, and acts towards them. It goes wrong as if on principle, and prefers its own way of viewing things to God’s way." A better description of the present direction of our polity is difficult to find. We go wrong "on principle."

Libraries without Readers
All the books in the world may not be enough for us to know what is worth knowing. There are probably things to know even when we know all the things in our world that are given to us to know. The last lines in the Gospel of John say much the same thing. Seneca said it is better to “give yourself to a few authors than to stray through many.” Existence is not reading but living. Yet the world itself is “word”-oriented. It not only needs to exist but it needs to be spoken into the existence of our active minds.

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On the Measure and Conservation of Human Things
Modern Age 43:1 (Winter 2001)

"Attempts are often made to convince people that we have reached the twilight of the age of certainty in the knowledge of truth, and that we are irrevocably condemned to the total absence of meaning, the provisional nature of all knowledge, and to permanent instability and relativity," John Paul II remarked in an address to Rectors of Polish Universities.

"In this situation, it appears imperative to reaffirm a basic confidence in human reason and its capacity to know the truth, including absolute and definitive truth. Man is capable of elaborating a uniform and organic conception of knowledge. The fragmentation of knowledge destroys man’s inner unity. Man aspires to the fullness of knowledge, since he is a being who by his very nature seeks the truth and cannot live without it. Contemporary scholarship, and especially present day philosophy, each in its own sphere, needs to rediscover that sapiential dimension which consists in the search for the definitive and overall meaning of human existence."


Schall on The Not-So-Dark Ages

On the Fragility of Islam

Sylvain Gouguenheim, Aristote au Mont-Saint-Michel



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