Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas
The Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas [Pontificia Academia Sancti Thomae Aquinatis] has its roots in the Roman Academy of St
Thomas Aquinas, created by Pope Leo XIII in his Apostolic Letter Iampridem ad Em.mum
Card. Antoninum De Luca,
In 1999, following his Encyclical Letter Fides et ratio (14 Sept. 1998), Pope John Paul II revised the Statutes of the Academy of St Thomas, so that it might “serve as a central and international forum for studying St Thomas' teaching better and more carefully, so that the metaphysical realism of the actus essendi which pervades all the Angelic Doctor's philosophy and theology can enter into dialogue with the many directions in today's research and doctrine.” (John Paul II, Address to the 3rd plenary session of the Academy) It is under the direction of the Pontifical Council for Culture.
The Academy is limited, at present, to 50 ordinary members, appointed by the Pope, and they are members for life; at the age of 80, however, members become academicians emeriti. There are also many collaborating members (currently numbering about 100). The Academy is directed by a four-person governing board (consilium), elected from the membership to serve five-year terms. Its headquarters is in Headquarters in the Casina Pio IV (or Villa Pia). The Academy publishes the journal, Doctor Communis.
The Academy holds Annual Plenary Assemblies, and schedules International Congresses every 10 years. The last such Congress was held in 2003.
Among its current members are
Kevin L. Flannery
Paul Cardinal Poupard
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Secretary Prelate
This article is derived from material
in the address by John Paul II in his remarks to the 3rd plenary
session of the Academy, and from other sources. – William Sweet <