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In 2009, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a great student and admirer of Saint Bonaventure, made a Pastoral Visit to Bagnoregio, Italy, the Saint’s hometown. On that historic visit, the Pope gave a speech about Saint Bonaventure in which he invited Priests “to learn from this great Doctor of The Church, to deepen their knowledge of his Teaching on Wisdom rooted in Christ.” Since that time, there has been renewed interest in Bagnoregio as a tourist destination.
In the Summer of 2016, The Scholasticum Institute, a Graduate Institution Dedicated to the Scholastic Theology of Saint Bonaventure of Bagnoregio and Saint Thomas Aquinas, opened its doors in the very town where Saint Bonaventure was raised and where Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI urged further Study of The Seraphic Doctor of The Church.
Pope Sixtus V explained the importance of Scholastic Theology: “[T]here has been discovered by Our ancestors, most wise men, Scholastic Theology, which two Doctors. glorious above all, the Angelic Saint Thomas, and the Seraphic Saint Bonaventure, most brilliant Professors in this capacity . . . with excellent genius, assiduous Study, great labours, and Vigils, have refined and decorated, and have passed on to those who would come after . . . ” He went on to say that “a salutary understanding and practice of this Science [Scholastic Theology] . . . could certainly always bring the greatest assistance to The Church.” (Triumphantis Hierusalem, § 10).
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