On Wednesday, May 11th the Thomistic Institute was privileged to host His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke. Cardinal Burke delivered an honorary lecture titled, "The Theo-Centric Character of the Catholic Liturgy." Dominican Friars, students of the Pontifical Faculty and a group of invited guests were present, including President John Garvey of the Catholic University of America.
When describing the 'Theo-Centric' character of Catholic liturgy, His Eminence artfully connected principles from canon law with the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, encouraging a rediscovery of the Divine orientation of the Church's sacramental life.
Following his lecture, Cardinal Burke presided at Solemn Vespers in the chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. At the conclusion of vespers he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology, Honoris Causa by the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception. The degree was presented by Father Brian Mulchahy, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and Vice-Chancellor of the Pontifical Faculty.
Following the conferral of this degree a festive dinner was held in the refectory of the Dominican House of Studies for the Cardinal and invited guests.
Both the Thomistic Institute and the Dominican Community at the House of Studies were honored to host Cardinal Burke, and are grateful for his presence among us.