Seminarian, Third Theology
|Orlando Aso receiving Candidacy |
at St. Charles Seminary November 4, 2010
And in order to help the people of God reach heaven, I must be proficient in my knowledge of four major disciplines: Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Pastoral Theology. With regard to Sacred Scripture, the great Church Father St. Jerome was fond of saying, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Building upon the foundation of Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theologians like St. Thomas Aquinas attempt to formulate an orderly, rational and coherent account of the Christian faith and beliefs. The Apostles Creed, for example, is a brief and systematic summary of the essential tenets of our Catholic Faith. Moral Theology focuses on how one should live out their faith and covers the areas of virtue, social justice, and medical and sexual ethics. And Pastoral Theology attempts to bring all of these disciplines together in a way that can be applied in a practical way to the everyday life of the people of God, particularly through the preparation of the Sunday homily.
The task of passing this exam may seem daunting, but thankfully, there is also a complementary Study Guide that has been refined, enhanced, and passed down from one generation of Third Theologians to the next. Tradition is a vital part of our Catholic Faith, and fortunately for me, in more ways than one. Merry Christmas!