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The Church Press:
NEW YORK, 713 BROADWAY;
The Life and Labors of St. Thomas of Aquin. By the Very Rev. Roger Bede
Vaughan, O.S.B., Cathedral Prior of St. Michael's, Hereford. In two vols. 8vo, pp. xxii.-808, xiv.-928. Longmans & Co., London. 1871. With two indexes, pp. 36 and 51.
doctor of the middle ages, usually styled the Angel, because he was esteemed the most exalted of the scholastic hierarchy. If he had been an archangel, no higher position, perhaps, could have been assigned him, and not loftier veneration lavished on him, by devotees of the modern Church of Italy. For Aquinas was not a Romanist only, but a native-born Italian, and was also of no mean lineage, having veins into which genuine aristocratic blood had
found its way.
Still, it would be of small service to ordinary readers to look at him from a scholastic point of observation only, and show what he was as a profound theologian, or a wondrous general scholar.
Also called Doctor Universalis, because the Pope, in solemn conclave, made him a doctor of the highest kind,-a doctor of the Church Universal. – Vaughan, ii. 145.