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172—Fr. John Saward on turning away from von Balthasar, and on the invisible world of angels

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 08, 2024 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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The renowned English theologian Fr. John Saward makes his podcast debut to discuss his new book on angels, the role of art and beauty in his theological work, and his turn away from the theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar after years of studying and translating his works.

Fr. Saward’s books named in this episode:

World Invisible: The Catholic Doctrine of the Angels

The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty: Art, Sanctity and the Truth of Catholicism

Sweet and Blessed Country: The Christian Hope for Heaven

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  • Posted by: owbrown3@Lgv - Feb. 12, 2024 4:46 PM ET USA

    Listened this afternoon. Absolutely enthralling discussion with Fr. Saward. Thank you for a well thought out discussion. I am intrigued by the opportunity to learn more from him.

  • Posted by: winnie - Feb. 09, 2024 12:20 PM ET USA

    Thank you so much for this discussion with Fr. Seaward on Von Balthazar’s , I believe ,spiritually dangerous thoughts on Hell. I’m reminded of a cartoon with a group of Jews closely scrutinizing the stone tablets Moses is holding. The caption said more or less:They’re looking for loopholes. Fr. Is obviously a scholar of deep Faith & his book on angels also sounds intriguing.