Saint Augustine responds
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Answer... José Antonio Galindo Rodrigo
José Antonio Galindo Rodrigo (1936) an Augustinian Recollect, has been teaching the subject, Theological Anthropology according to Saint Augustine at the Faculty of Theology in Valencia, Spain. He still offers the course. His articles on the Bishop of Hippo appeared in Avgvstinus and in other publications. He authored Pedagogía de san Agustín (Madrid, Avgvustinus, 2002)…
My dear brother Carlos Parada.
It is a difficult topic, but let us see. The Catholic Church lives the Augustinian doctrine of grace in her official teachingin general (it is included in the council of Trent), although some aspects of the Augustinian doctrine are subject of discussion among theologians. In any case, the Catholic Church has condemned Semi-Pelagianism.
I agree that grace must be mentioned more often in preaching. It is true, too, that predestination is not preached, Augustine did not also preach it, because of the danger of misinterpreting the matter on the part of the faithful; Augustine himself speaks of a mystery in relation to this theme.
I repeat, some aspects of Augustine’s doctrine of predestination are the subject of discussion among Catholic theologians…that they are not officially approved by the Catholic Church, but neither are they denied or condemned.
In volume II (pages 618-629) of our work, El Pensamiento de san Agustín para el hombre de hoy, I deal with the same complicated theme, and I think Augustine was not wrong, he just followed St. Paul although in a manner that is very personal.
I think this is sufficient, and there is no need to add more; let me refer you to the work I mentioned. Cordial and fraternal greetings! J.A. Galindo, OAR