Philippiniana Sacra September-December 2023 Issue showcases scholarly works on Ecclesiastical Sciences and Church History

Philippiniana Sacra, the official publication of the UST Ecclesiastical Faculties, releases its September-December 2023 issue via its open access website. The journal is indexed by Web of Science.

The articles published in the September – December 2023 issue are the following:

  1. “Treasures in Hell?” Exploring the Valley of Hinnom in the Biblical Concept of Gehenna and in the Scrolls of Ketef Hinnom by Jeffrey Segovia tackles the understanding linked to the Valley of Hinnom as an allusion to the concept and image of eternal damnation, as well as uncovering the mystery of the silver scrolls of Ketef Hinnom, which is claimed to be one of the most important Biblical discoveries of antiquity.
  2. The Salamanca Process as an Embodiment of Dominican Charism Today  by Leo-Martin Angelo Ruiz Ocampo investigates the experience of the School of Salamanca, how its core dynamic termed as the “Salamanca Process” embodies the charism of the Dominican Order, and the ongoing attempt to recover it as a model for the life and mission of Dominicans today as expressed in official documents of the Order.
  3. The Church of Todos los Santos in Kelang (Keel ung, Taiwan)   by José Eugenio Borao Mateo is grounded on Spanish and Dutch documentary sources to provide a better understanding of the archaeological findings in the church, thus offering new perspectives on the archaeological conclusions by highlighting the distinction between two crucial elements: the convent and the church. In other words, the paper proposes the possibility that the final church, constructed with stone, may have remained unfinished, adding complication to the interpretation of the discovered cemetery in the same site.
  4. Social Responsibility through the Lens of Emmanuel Levinas and the Filipino Value of Sociality by Allan A. Basas interrogates the presence of the notion of social responsibility in human being’s experiences, in recognition of the inviolability of the Other. Basas likewise urges the readers in a thematic discussion in the cusp of Levinas’ notion of social responsibility and Filipino sociality to show that responsibility is a universal value with many faces.
  5. “In this land all is death:” Don Diego Vázquez de Mercado, first secular archbishop of Manila (1608-16) and the Vacant See (1617-20)  by Alexandre Coello de la Rosa tackles the figure of Don Diego Vázquez de Mercado, the first secular archbishop of Manila, and brings the other aspects of his tenure, such as his relations with the cathedral chapter and his tense relations with the governor of the Philippines, Don Juan de Silva y Enríquez (1609-1616).
  6. Un desconocido resumen de los ataques de la piratería mora en las misiones recoletas de las Islas Calamianes, Filipinas (1739) (PHILIPPINIANA RECORDS)   by Jorge Mojarro
  7. Co, Alfredo P. ed. Doing Philosophy in the Philippines: The Thomasian Collection. Volume 1. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2020. pp 493. ISBN 978-971-506-857-4. Volume 2. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2022. pp. 272. ISBN 978-971-506-904-5. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)   by Joselito B. Zulueta revisits the launch of the two volumes of “Doing Philosophy in the Philippines: The Thomasian Collection”, culled from the pages of UNITAS journal. It has embodied the most representative and the most extensive compendium of classic philosophical thinking in the 20th century in the Philippines. The two-volume book was edited by UST Professor Emeritus Alfredo P. Co and published by the UST Publishing House.
  8. Weigle, George. To Sanctify the World The Vital Legacy of Vatican II. New York: Basic Books, 2022. pp. 353. ISBN: 978-046-509-431-8. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)   by Jose Adriand Emmanuel L. Layug talks about George Weigle’s service to the church and to all men of goodwill in search for the true meaning of Vatican II in his work “To Sanctify the World The Vital Legacy of Vatican II”.
  9. Sarkisian, Rick. Not Your Average Joe: The Real St. Joseph and the Tools for Real Manhood and the World. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005. pp. 85. ISBN 0-9743962-4-9. (REVIEWS & NOTICES) by Melanie D. Turingan talks about the virtues exhibited by St. Joseph the Worker as God’s dutiful stalwart that provided Jesus a home together with the Virgin Mary, as well as how reader would take inspiration from his virtues.
  10. Siefert, Josef Maria. The Splendor of the Good and Intrinsically Evil Acts: The Cornerstone of Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II’s (1920-2020) Ethics and Moral Teachings: A Philosophical Defense. 2nd ed. Spain: International Academy of Philosophy Press, 2021. pp. 269. ISBN: 979-873-262-0863. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)  by Blaise D. Ringor explored how Seifert synthesized the philosophies of thinkers like Dietrich von Hildebrand and Josef Pieper with the thoughts of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, concurrently offering a critical response to the work of scholars such as Josef Fuchs, Jonathan Harrison, and Franz Böckle. This allows the reader to engage and delve on the primary texts written by Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II.
  11. Manlangit, Jerry Reb. MHA, Ph.D. Fundamental Concepts, Principles, and Issues in BIOETHICS. Rev. Ed. 2020. pp. 629. ISBN-13:979-868-039-900-2. (REVIEWS & NOTICES)   by Marian Joanne Co-Pua, DCL celebrates how fr. Manlangit masterfully delivered his advocacy and its odyssey in tackling the core and essential concepts, principles, and issues in Bioethics.

According to its editor, Rev. fr. Jesus M. Miranda, Jr., O.P., PhD,  the digital interface “aims to facilitate the fluid curation and circulation of knowledge on ecclesiastical disciplines”. The journal publishes the most relevant research articles in the areas of Ecclesiastical Sciences and Church history.

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