Originally from Enniscrone in Co. Sligo, Canon Thomas Finan was a priest of the Diocese of Killala for 55 years and for many years, was a former Professor of Ancient Classics in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He died in 2012 and this book is a selection of the vast collection of his writings, both academic and occasional, chosen and edited by distinguished author and theologian, Fr Vincent Twomey.
Thomas Finan was a Christian humanist and in all his writings, be they strictly scholarly or just occasional essays or talks, he acknowledges the Christian indebtedness to the richness of Greco-Roman civilization – above all Plato and Aristotle. Thomas Finan’s writing is an original and unique voice in the Irish cultural landscape. It is to be hoped that the publication of his collected writings will make him known to a new generation that never had the opportunity to sit at his feet.
About the Author
Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D. holds both a Ph.D. in Theology and is Professor Emeritus of Moral Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland. A former doctoral student under Joseph Ratzinger, Twomey is the author of several books, including The End of Irish Catholicism?, Pope Benedict XVI: The Conscience of Our Age (A Theological Portrait), and Moral Theology after Humanae Vitae.
In 2011, Benedict XVI awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal to Fr. Twomey for outstanding services rendered to the Church and to the Holy Father.