Father Brian Mullady
1972. Fr. Mullady has been a parish priest, high school teacher, retreat master, mission preacher and university professor. After receiving his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy, he was professor there for six years. He is an academician of the Catholic Academy of Science. He has taught at several colleges and seminaries in the United States, and is adjunct professor at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell CT. Father preaches parish missions and retreats and has presented seven series on Mother Angelica’s EWTN television network. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. Fr. Mullady writes the Question and Answer column in Homiletic and Pastoral Review and is the Theological Consultant to the Institute on Religious Life.
Certitude of Truth By Fr. Brian
Mullady, OP. Each chapter in this short, very readable book explores and summarizes one among Pope Benedict XVI’s numerous published works. Topics included are as varied as the liturgy, Christ, philosophy, the relation of faith to reason, moral theology, and conscience.
The intended audience is not only those who are specialists in theology. Rather, the author speaks to the ordinary modestly-educated Catholic. Because all can benefit from reading Pope Benedict’s work, this book is designed to encourage an encounter with the original texts.
“This small book offers, with the guidance of Pope Benedict, a remarkable survey of modern thought: how we got to where we are, where we went awry, and what we might do to get back on track!”— Fr. Reginald Martin, OP.
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What better commendation for Light of the Nations by Fr. Brian Mullady, OP. than Scott Hahn’s words: “Fr. Mullady offers a readable and rock-solidly reliable treatment of what is surely the most important – and debated – subject in contemporary Catholic theology. His approach to the doctrine of the Church (ecclesiology) demonstrates the profound consistency and coherence of the Magisterium’s teaching, as it draws from biblical and patristic sources and develops from the medieval to the modern period, culminating in Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church (Lumen Gentium). In the process, Fr. Mullady applies a ‘hermeneutic of continuity’ to show the deep convergence of Vatican I and Vatican II (no small feat!). Along the way, readers gain a renewed sense of the indispensable role of classical Thomism for doing Catholic theology – with precision, fidelity and flexibility”
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Christian Social Order
A remarkable presentation of the Church’s teaching on the necessary role community plays in the Church, the State and the family… Readers unfamiliar with classic philosophical and theological notions of the human person will find the work’s opening sections quite revealing; those brought up in the Catholic tradition will find these pages a splendid synthesis of the traditional Western thought. When they come to the second half of the book, all readers will stand in awe of Fr. Mullady lucid presentation of Marriage and Family, which is appropriately argumentative, but neither defensive not belligerent…
– Fr. Reginald Martin, OP
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Both Servant and Free
Man is at the same time “both a servant and free.” This text from St. Augustine is an excellent summary of the traditional Catholic teaching on moral theology. Since the sixties, there have been many theologians who believe that the traditional systematic approach of Catholic theology, which emphasizes man’s service of the Natural Law coupled with his freedom as a Person, could not be sustained.So great has this skepticism become, that Pope John Paul II felt called to write an encyclical, Veritatis Splendor, on the very subject of absolutes in morality.
It is no great secret that it was the papal teaching on birth control which was the original source of the rejection of moral absolutes. Moralists have been dancing a tightrope since 1968 trying to show how Humanae Vitae could be wrong and yet preserve some sense of moral order in the universe and in human society. When confronted with their destructive opinions, their usual retort is that no one understands what they are actually saying. The sad truth is that Humanae Vitae was just the tip of the iceberg. Contemporary theology has rejected the traditional philosophia perrenis of the scholastic theologians across the board.
Given all these difficulties, it is no wonder that the beginning student in moral theology is confused. I have heard students in many seminaries lament for years that there is no truly understandable moral theology textbook in which they can discern a systematic unity of the Magisterial teaching of the Popes, the emphasis on the human person in the Second Vatican Council, and the Scholastic tradition. In addition, many traditional Catholic moralists lament the lack of a complete teaching on the virtues and the inclusion of the ultimate end
and the doctrine of grace in former manuals of moral theology. This should also be remedied in any new book written on fundamental moral theology. It is high time that such a book be written, especially since the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor.
The real difficulty in moral theology has always been to preserve a healthy respect for the law (the servant aspect) while also encouraging the interior formation in love which the truth of the law seeks to inculcate in human life (the aspect of freedom). Modern moralists have tried to play one off against the other. Moral theology, however, cannot be an either/or. Moral teaching, indeed all Catholic theology, must be a both/and. In this book, I will try to show the fullness of the Catholic synthesis which, based on an authentic picture of the
human soul, seeks to direct man to a true experience of being both truthful and loving, both law-abiding and Spirit-filled, both obedient to absolute moral norms and freely pursuing heaven, BOTH A SERVANT AND FREE!
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BOTH SERVANT AND FREE – DVD
Father Brian Mullady, O.P., S.T.D., presents an in-depth study of the moral doctrine of the Church vis-a-vis the moral problems our post-Vatican II era faces. Issues such as conscience, freedom, law and the formation of moral maturity
Nature and Grace
6 one hour Lectures
In this course, we will cover the major controversies regarding the proper way to understand the relationship between Nature and Grace. These different approaches to the question have had serious ramifications in various areas on theology; these too will be our concern in this course.
Six one hour Lectures
- The Natural Desire to See God
- Controversy Over the Desire to See God
- The State of Human Nature
- The Nature of the Law
- The New Law of Christ — Sanctifying Grace
- The Nature, Necessity, and Effects of Sanctifying Grace
THE SEVEN BIG MYTHS ABOUT MARRIAGE
WHAT SCIENCE, FAITH, AND PHILOSOPHY TEACH US ABOUT LOVE AND HAPPINESS by Christopher & Jennifer Kaczor. This work explores some of the most interesting and vexing problems in contemporary life. Appealing to reason rather than religious authority, it tackles the most controversial and talked about positions of the Catholic Church – on contraception, on marriage, on reproductive technologies, on cohabitation, and on divorce – arguing for the reasonableness of the Church’s views on these issues. Finally the book explores the value of children. Hardcover. 210 pages. AVAILABLE HERE