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Early Thought of a Young Priest

Nicholas Sagovsky

in 'On God's Side'

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780198267287
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683176 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198267287.003.0005
Early Thought of a Young Priest

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This chapter discusses George Tyrrell's views as a young priest. During his first year's teaching at St Mary's he produced a defence of his theological method, which involved direct reading of Aquinas and the use of Cajetan and Ferrariensis, both Dominican commentators. In this he believed he was following the explicit instructions of Rome. In the next fifteen years Tyrrell's mind, and his pen, worked at white heat. He was a man in a frenzy to question, to provoke, to tear down and rebuild, and eventually to proclaim. For all this he found licence in the Church of the past and the future, but little freedom in the Church of the present, which to him was hidebound and petty.

Keywords: George Tyrrell; Catholicism; Jesuits; novitiate; tertianship; tertian father; Catholic Church; Jesuit priests

Chapter.  5100 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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