August 04, 2017

Friar Israel Sebastian N Arauz-Rosiles, O.F.M. Conv., seminarian, was quoted in a National Review story on the rising number of young traditionalist Catholics.

... The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C., is home to many students who “could be understood as profoundly traditional,” according to Friar Israel-Sebastian N. Arauz-Rosiles, O.F.M. Conv., a seminarian at the university. The school’s Catholic identity deeply influences how students think. He describes Saint Thomas Aquinas as “probably the single most influential thinker on the university campus,” in terms of his impact on students’ theological and political outlook.

Friar Israel has noticed that some students attend a yearly Mass in honor of Blessed Karl of Austria celebrated at Saint Mary Mother of God Church in Washington, D.C. A member of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, Blessed Karl of Austria was the last emperor of Austria and king of Hungary. Friar Israel acknowledges this might merely represent a superficial interest in Catholic monarchy. Nevertheless, he has encountered “a number of students who reject classical liberalism” and such political theorists as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. ...

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