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Course Syllabi and Materials 2009-2010 The Seminary of the Society of St. John of the Cross

Our Programme Loyal to the ChurchOn May 5, 1907 on the Feast of Pope St. Pius V, the Holy father Pius X ordered a significant reform of seminary programmes. As such, for a graduate of the seminary to be considered prepared for ordination, three areas of studies must have been covered: Gymnasium, Lyceum & Theology.

A. The Gymnasium or Undergraduate Degree The Holy father required that prospective seminarians receive postsecondary education that civil authorities would recognize for nonreligious vocations. He desired that "the programmes in use represent in the eyes of society the development of culture which is required today, and as a result public opinion holds in higher esteem those who have been educated according to them, and to reject them would be to put the clergy, at least in the eyes of many, in a position of inferiority to laymen." Consequently, the seminary courses are delivered at the post-graduate level of academic study.

Students are expected to have fulfilled the additional requirement of receiving 40 hours minimum of Catechetical Instruction per year.

B. Lyceum. The purpose of this stage--to be attempted after the secular degree, or alongside--is to prepare the candidate for the intellectual rigor

demanded in the advanced studies of Theology. The focus of the studies is philosophy, both classical and religious. This leads to a Lyceal Licentiate after passing a comprehensive examination, either paper or auricular-based before the Prefect of Studies and his or her board of examiners.

As well, students, over the 3 year period of this stage, students are to have received 40 hours minimum per year of Religious Instruction.

C. Theology. In addition to subjects traditionally covered, the Holy Father ordered seminaries to offer a deepening of the studies in Biblical exegesis, Sacred Eloquence, as well as Archaeology and Art as it relates to the study of God. This 4 year programme leads to a Licentiate of Theology after the student passes a comprehensive examination, either paper or auricular-based before the Prefect of Studies and his or her board of examiners.

Prerequisite StudiesDirect Entry into Licentiate of Theology Programme:Educated to degree standard from a recognized university, and including the following courses: psychology, logic, general metaphysics, ethics and Latin.

Entry into Lyceal Conversion Year:Educated to degree standard but lacking the prerequisites as mentioned above.

Lyceal Conversion YearClass 1: Introduction to Psychologypsychology introduction; idea of life; nature of living being; origin of organic life; nature of animal life; sensuous appetition & the sensuous appetite; spontaneous movement; origin of sensuous life; nature of the human soul; intellectual cognition; volition & the will; comparative psychology 2

of animal & man; the senses & reason; the will & other influences; spiritual character of the rational soul; the ego a substantial unit composed of rational soul & body; origin of human soul; destiny of man,

Textbook: A MANUAL OF MODERN SCHOLASTIC PHILOSOPHY VOL. 1 by CARDINAL MERCIER

Class 2: Introduction to LogicThe logic of terms; extension and intension; extension & denotation; real, verbal & formal propositions; negative names & relative names; import of judgments & propositions; kinds of judgments & propositions; the opposition of propositions; immediate inferences; the diagrammatic representation of propositions; propositions in extension & in intension; logical equations & the quantification of the predicate; the existential import of categorical propositions; conditional & hypothetical propositions; disjunctive propositions; rules of the syllogism; figures & moods of the syllogism; the reduction of syllogisms; diagrammatic representation of syllogisms; conditional & hypothetical syllogisms; disjunctive syllogisms; irregular & compound syllogisms; problems on the syllogism; the characteristics of inference; examples of arguments & fallacies; the doctrine of division; the fundamental laws of thought; the combination of terms; complex propositions & compound reasoning; immediate inferences from complex propositions; the combination of complex propositions; inferences from combinations of complex propositions; the inverse problem;

Textbook: STUDIES AND EXERCISES IN FORMAL LOGIC by JOHN NEVILLE KEYNES, M.A., Sc.D.

Class 3: Introduction to MetaphysicsMetaphysics Introduction; substance & its accidents; actual being & potential being; created beings & the uncreated being; unity of the object in metaphysics; general outline of the causes of being; analysis of the four causes; relations of the four causes to one another; general effect of the causes;

Textbook: A MANUAL OF MODERN SCHOLASTIC PHILOSOPHY VOL. 1 by CARDINAL MERCIER

Class 4: Introduction to Ethicsgeneral ethics-a theory of good & evil; the natural end of man; the last end of human nature; free-will; the moral order; conscience; rights of the individual; rights of members of the family; rights of the state; 3

A MANUAL OF MODERN SCHOLASTIC PHILOSOPHY VOL. II: by CARDINAL MERCIER

Class 5: Introduction to Philosophyhistory of philosophy introduction; of India & china; pre-Socratic philosophy; Greek philosophy from Socrates to Aristotle; from the death of Aristotle to the rise of the neo-platonic school; neoPlatonism & systems leading up to it; patristic philosophy; first period of mediaeval philosophy; mediaeval philosophy in the thirteenth century; mediaeval philosophy in the fourteenth & first half of the fifteenth century; modern philosophy before Kant; the philosophy of Kant; postKantian philosophy; French philosophy from the revolution to the middle of the nineteenth century; English philosophy of the nineteenth century; Italian & Spanish philosophy

A MANUAL OF MODERN SCHOLASTIC PHILOSOPHY VOL. II: by CARDINAL MERCIER

Class 6: Introduction to Basic & Intermediate Latinpronunciation; accentuation; parts of speech; absence of articles; cases of nouns; adjectives; pronouns; verbs; other parts of speech; transposition of words. Examples: benediction, key parts of the mass, serving the mass, various prayers & offices; Exercises & orthography; orthoepy; etymology; syntax; prosody.

Textbook 1: THE CATHOLIC'S LATIN INSTRUCTOR IN THE PRINCIPAL CHURCH OFFICES & DEVOTIONS by Rev. E. Caswell Textbook 2 A GRAMMAR OF THE LATIN LANGUAGE by E.A. Andrews & S. Stoddard Textbook 3 LATIN EXERCISES ADAPTED TO ANDREWS & STODDARS'S LATIN GRAMMAR by Prof. A.E. Andrews

Theology Year 1Class 1: Loci Theologici, or Intro to Dogmatic TheologyHuman Reason Can Know God; The Positive Teaching of Revelation; The Idea of God Not Inborn; The Facts of the Supernatural Order Considered as Premises for Unaided Reason; The Supernatural Facts as a Preamble to; Traditionalism a False System; The Possibility of 4

Atheism; The Quality of Man s Knowledge of God According to Divine Revelation; The Threefold Mode of Knowing God Here on Earth; Theological Conclusions; The Reality and the Supernatural Character of the Intuitive Vision of God; The Light of Glory as a Necessary Medium for the Intuitive Vision of God; The Beatific Vision in its Relation to the Divine Incomprehensibility; The Heresy of the Eunomians; Why Ontologism is Untenable; The Biblical Names of God; The Essence of God in its Relation to His Attributes; The Heresy of Gilbert de la Porree & the Heresy of Eunomius and the Nominalists; The Formalism of the Scotists; The Virtual Distinction Between God's Essence and His Attributes; The Metaphysical Essence of God; God's Transcendental Attributes of Being; God s Perfection; God s Infinity; God s Intrinsic Unity; God s Absolute Simplicity; God s Unicity, or Monotheism and its Antitheses : Polytheism and Dualism; God as Ontological Truth; God as Logical Truth, or Absolute Reason; God as Moral Truth, or His Veracity and God as Ontological Goodness; God s Ethical Goodness, or Sanctity; God s Moral Goodness, or Benevolence; God s Categorical Attributes of Being; The Attributes of Divine Life Divine Knowledge; Omniscience as God s Knowledge of Vision of all Contingent Beings Cardiognosis; Omniscience as God s Foreknowledge of; Omniscience as God s Foreknowledge of the Conditionally Free Acts of the Future, or the "Scientia Media;" The Attributes of Divine Life The Divine Will; God s Justice; God s Mercy. Textbook: Dogmatic Theology Vol 1 by THE REVEREND JOSEPH POHLE, PH.D., D.D.

Class 2: General Introduction to Sacred ScriptureI Survey of the Old Testament:Number, order & arrangement of the books; preservation; biblical history; code of Hammurabi; the Moabite stone; Siloam inscription; the assouan papyri; inspiration; formation of the canon of the Old testament; Hebrew poetry; senses of holy scripture; messianic prophecies; parable in the old testament; miracles of the old testament; the Samaritan Pentateuch; Greek versions; Latin versions; principle early versions; bible in the British isles; of heathen nations surrounding Israel; Hebrew notions of time; the calendar; the high priests; he sacrifices; moneys, coins & weights; Hebrew measures; the historical books of the bible; the sapiential & poetical books; prophetical books; in between testaments books; pertinent decrees of biblical commission

Textbook: AIDS TO THE STUDY OF THE BIBLE VOL 1, THE OLD TESTAMENT by Rev. Hugh Pope, Op, Stm, Dsscr

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II Survey of the New Testamenthistory of the Jewish people BC 142 to AD 70, roman emperors, procurators in Palestine, Jewish life in the time of Christ, Palestine in the time of Christ, lang

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