Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas

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The Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas (PAST; Latin : Pontificia Academia Sancti Thomae Aquinati) was established on 15 October 1879 by Pope Leo XIII who appointed two presidents, his brother and noted Thomist Giuseppe Pecci (1879–1890) and Tommaso Maria Zigliara, professor of theology at the College of Saint Thomas, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum.


The academy is one of the pontifical academies housed along with the academies of science at Casina Pio IV in Vatican City, Rome.


The academy was founded with thirty members: ten from Rome, ten from the rest of Italy, and ten from other countries. [1] PAST was one of several Thomist foundations in places such as Bologna, Fribourg (Switzerland), Paris, and Lowden. The academy was confirmed by Pope Pius X with his apostolic letter of 23 January 1904 and enlarged by Pope Benedict XV on 31 December 1914. Pope John Paul II reformed the academy on 28 January 1999 with his apostolic letter Inter munera Academiarium, [2] issued shortly after his encyclical Fides et ratio .

The Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas is temporarily headquartered in the Casina Pio IV in the Vatican City. Its objectives, as stated in the academy's Yearbook 2007, are the following:

The current president of the PAST is Serge Thomas Bonino, who succeeded Opus Dei priest Lluís Clavell Ortiz-Repiso in November 2014. [3] The current secretary is Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. Until 1965 the presidency of the PAST was held by a group of cardinals. Pope Paul VI appointed the first single cardinal as president, Cardinal Michael Browne. After his death in 1971, the presidency remained vacant until the appointment of Cardinal Mario Luigi Ciappi in 1979. After his death in 1996, the PAST was reformed. The office of president would no longer be bestowed on a cardinal and its appointment would be for a five-year period. Abelardo Lobato, professor of philosophy at the College of Saint Thomas, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, served as president from 1999 to 2005.

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  1. Elie Blanc, Dictionnaire de philosophie ancienne, moderne et contemporaine, art. Scholastique, t. 3, p. 559. For criticism of the Accademia Romana see C. Besse, Deux centres du mouvement thomiste, Paris, 1902, which compares Roman Thomists unfavorably with those of Louvain.
  2. "Inter Munera"
  3. https://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=23151