THE LIMITATIONS OF THIS PROGRAM
a. This is a program aimed at
the spiritual formation of seminarians.
b. The other aspects of
seminary life, like the academic program, daily schedule, grooming and
dress code, recreation, seminarians' rooms, supplies and laundry, food
services, health services, mails, telephone and seminary assignments, will
be left to each seminary as they are already doing.
c. But our hope is that these
other aspects of seminary life will gradually adjust to the lessons on
spirituality to become aids in the development of their spiritual lives.
This will unify the curriculum, which right now is fragmented in that
Professors are doing things much their own way without considering what the
others are teaching or any attempt at unity of doctrine. We must aim at
unity of teachings and way of life. In fact, we must have only one aim.
d. This program is
"ideal" only within its limitation, in that it is to be
incorporated in existing seminary programs that could have harmful or
contradicting elements to the spiritual life. The real "ideal"
program is that all aspects of seminary life are geared towards the
development of the spiritual lives of the seminarians.
e. This course presumes that
the seminarians have a relatively sound mind and reasoning. And there is
nothing we can think of that can accomplish this end than a return to the writings
of St. Thomas of Aquinas on Scholastic philosophy. Thomism is the soundest
thinking philosophy because it is philosophy under the guidance of Divine
Revelation and written by a saint. No other philosophy can brag of this. If
we want to ordain holy priests why give them books written by non-saints or
even protestant philosophers?