Édouard Hugon

Édouard Hugon (25 August 1867 – 7 February 1929), Roman Catholic Priest, French Dominican, Thomistic philosopher and theologian trusted and held in high esteem by the Holy See, from 1909 to 1929 was a professor at the Pontificium Collegium Internationale Angelicum, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, as well as a well-known author of philosophical and theological manuals within the school of traditional Thomism.[1]

Early biography

Florentin-Louis Hugon was born on 25 August 1867 in Lafarre (Loire), France, a small mountain village in the Diocese of Puy-en-Velay. His parents Florentin and Philomène Hugon were pious country folk. They had 13 children of which Florentin-Louis was the oldest.[2]


Hugon was educated first by his mother, then in the local school where he gained a reputation as a bright and pious student. He was invited to attend the Domenicana school at Poitiers in February 1882 where he was an outstanding student. Hugon showed a special interest in Ancient Greek, especially the writings of Homer whose Iliad he had partially committed to memory, thus gaining for himself among his classmates the nickname "Homer's grandson".

At eighteen years of age, having finished secondary school, he entered the Dominican Order in Rijckholt (nearby Maastricht, Holland), where the Studium of the Province of Lyons was taking refuge due to the persecutions and expulsions imposed by antagonistic members of the government. The following year he received the Dominican habit under the name Brother Édouard. In 1898 during a trip to the United States, being inexplicably detained by his Prior, he narrowly escaped the sinking of the passenger steamship La Bourgogne of the Compagnie Generale on which he was scheduled to sail, and on which nearly 600 people drowned.[3]

He made his solemn profession on 13 January 1890 and was ordained priest on 24 September 1892.


Hugon began his lifelong teaching career immediately after ordination. He successively taught in Rijckholt, at Rosary Hill (New York), in Poitiers (France), in Angers (France), again at Rijckholt, and finally at the Angelicum (Rome) from 1909 to 1929. He died in Rome in the latter year.

Hugon was a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. On 21 March 1918 Pope Benedict XV appointed him as Consultant for the Sacred Congregation for the Oriental Church (now known as the Congregation for the Oriental Churches). In 1925 Pope Pius XI asked Hugon to work on the encyclical Quas primas on the kingship of Christ.[4]

He was instrumental in the causes to proclaim Saint Efrem and Saint Peter Canisius Doctors of the Church, and had a determining role in the canonization of Saint Joan of Arc. Hugon was a principal collaborator of Cardinal Pietro Gasparri, the Cardinal Secretary of State, in publishing his famous Catechism.[5]


Rising each day at 4:30 Hugon celebrated Mass at 5:00 and spent the morning teaching and researching. In the afternoon he practiced the Via Crucis and prayed the Rosary, and began his afternoon teaching and ecclesiastical commitments including a vigorous schedule of spiritual retreats.[6]


Perhaps Hugon's most important and influential work as a writer is his contribution, along with that of the Jesuit philosopher theologian Guido Mattiussi, to the ecclesiastical document known as The 24 Thomistic Theses that was issued by the Sacred Congregation of Studies under the authority of Pope Pius X in 1914. This document is the official pronouncement of the Catholic Church on which philosophical positions constitute Thomism, and constitutes the culmination of the Church's effort "to recover the real teaching of Aquinas, purifying it from distorting traditionsm, one-sidedness, and lack of historical perspective."[7] His monumental Cursus philosophiae thomisticae outlines an interpretation of St. Thomas derived from John of St Thomas.[8]

The great Thomist philosopher and theologian Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Hugon's colleague at the Angelicum compared Hugon to Saint Thomas Aquinas saying that: "Students, philosophers and theologians will for a long time have recourse to the Latin and French works of Hugon strongly approved by three Popes...and they will frequently consult his works considering him the theologus communis (common theologian), the faithful echo of the Doctor Communis Ecclesiae."[9]


Contribution to the ecclesiastical document known as The 24 Thomistic Theses.

Among Hugon's personal works, some of the best-known are:

  • Les XXIV theses thomistes (The 24 Thomistic Theses), a work which explains the ecclesiastical document.
  • Cursus philosophiae thomisticae, 4 vols. ("Thomistic Philosophy Course," based on the thought of St Thomas Aquinas as interpreted by John of St Thomas). (Ia: Logica; Ia-IIae: Philosophia Naturalis: Cosmologia; IIa-IIae: Philosophia Naturalis: Biologia et Psychologia; IIIa: Metaphysica.)
  • Tractatus dogmatici, 3 vols. ("Dogmatic Treatises," a course on theology organized as a commentary on Aquinas' Summa Theologiae). (Ia: De Deo Uno et Trino, De Deo Creatore et Gubernatore, De angelis et de homine; IIa: De peccato originali et de gratia, De Verbo Incarnato et Redemptore, De Beata Virgine Maria Deipara; IIIa: De Sacramentis in communi et in speciali ac de Novissimis.)
  • Hors de l'Église, point de salut ("Outside of the Church there is No Salvation," his Thomistic solution to the theological problem of salvation and membership in the Catholic Church).
  • La causalite instrumentale dans l'ordre surnaturel ("Instrumental Causality in the Supernatural Order").


  1. ^ Ofm Kenan B Osborne The Permanent Diaconate: Its History and Place in the Sacrament 2007 - p214 "... J. M. Hervé, Jean Baptiste Gonet, Édouard Hugon, and Louis Billot."
  2. ^ http://www.edizioniamiciziacristiana.it/presfuoridellachiesa.htm Accessed 8 October 2012
  3. ^ http://www.edizioniamiciziacristiana.it/presfuoridellachiesa.htm Accessed 8 October 2012
  4. ^ http://www.edizioniamiciziacristiana.it/presfuoridellachiesa.htm Accessed 6 February 2013
  5. ^ http://www.edizioniamiciziacristiana.it/presfuoridellachiesa.htm Accessed 8 October 2012
  6. ^ http://www.edizioniamiciziacristiana.it/presfuoridellachiesa.htm Accessed 8 October 2012
  7. ^ Benedict M. Ashley, The Dominicans, 1990 http://domcentral.org/ecumenists-1900s/ Accessed 7 October 2012
  8. ^ Ite ad Thomam, loc. cit.
  9. ^ Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P., Un théologien Apôtre, le Père Maître Édouard Hugon, Téqui, Paris 1929, pp. 5-8. Cfr. anche Abbé Henri Hugon, Le Père Hugon, Téqui, Paris 1930. http://www.edizioniamiciziacristiana.it/presfuoridellachiesa.htm Accessed 8 October 2012


  • Angelo Walz, "Hugon (Edouard)" Dictionnaire de Spiritualité Vol. 7, Beauchesne: Paris, 1969; col. 858-859.
  • M-Fr. Cazes, OP "In memoriam. Le très réverend Père Hugon" Revue thomiste 6(1929), 97-99.
  • Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, "In Memoriam. Un théologien apôtre, le P. Maître Édouard Hugon, professeur de dogme à l'Angelico, a Rome," Pierre Tequi: Paris, 1929.

External links

  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bautz (1990). "Hugon, Eduard (Édouard)". In Bautz, Friedrich Wilhelm. Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). 2. Hamm: Bautz. col. 1148. ISBN 3-88309-032-8.
  • "Tractatus dogmatici ad modum commentarii in praecipuas quaestiones dogmaticas Summae theologicae divi Thomae Aquinatis".
  • Cursus philosophiae thomisticae, vol. 1: Logica, vol. 2: Philosophiae naturalis Ia-IIae: Cosmologia, and vol. 3: Philosophiae naturalis IIa-IIae: Biologia et psychologia.
  • Presentation of Fuori della Chiesa non cè salvezza (Edizioni Amicizia Cristiana: Chietti, 2007), the Italian translation of Hors de l'Église, point de salut.
  • "The 24 Thomistic Theses" (document of the Sacred Congregation of Studies, 1914).
  • Les Vingt-quatre thèses thomistes (Hugon's commentary on the 24 theses, a work requested of him by Pope Benedict XV).

1929 (MCMXXIX)

was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 1929th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 929th year of the 2nd millennium, the 29th year of the 20th century, and the 10th and last year of the 1920s decade.

This year marked the end of a period known in American history as the Roaring Twenties after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 ushered in a worldwide Great Depression. In the Americas, an agreement was brokered to end the Cristero War, a Catholic counter-revolution in Mexico. The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, a British high court, ruled that Canadian women are persons in the Edwards v. Canada (Attorney General) case. The 1st Academy Awards for film were held in Los Angeles, while the Museum of Modern Art opened in New York City. The Peruvian Air Force was created.

In Asia, the Republic of China and the Soviet Union engaged in a minor conflict after the Chinese seized full control of the Manchurian Chinese Eastern Railway, which ended with a resumption of joint administration. In the Soviet Union, General Secretary Joseph Stalin expelled Leon Trotsky and adopted a policy of collectivization. The Grand Trunk Express began service in India. Rioting between Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem over access to the Western Wall took place in the Middle East. The centenary of Western Australia was celebrated.

The Kellogg–Briand Pact, a treaty renouncing war as an instrument of national policy, went into effect. In Europe, the Holy See and the Kingdom of Italy signed the Lateran Treaty. The Idionymon law was passed in Greece to outlaw political dissent. Spain hosted the Ibero-American Exposition which featured pavilions from Latin American countries. The German airship LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin flew around the world in 21 days.

Edward Feser

Edward C. Feser (; born April 16, 1968) is an American philosopher. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California. He has been a Visiting Assistant Professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Called by National Review "one of the best contemporary writers on philosophy," Feser is the author of On Nozick, Philosophy of Mind, Locke, The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism, Aquinas, Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction, Neo-Scholastic Essay, and Five Proofs of the Existence of God, the co-author of By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment, and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Hayek and Aristotle on Method and Metaphysics. He is also the author of many academic articles. His primary academic research interests are in metaphysics, natural theology, the philosophy of mind, and moral and political philosophy.Feser also writes on politics and culture, from a conservative point of view; and on religion, from a traditional Roman Catholic perspective. In this connection, his work has appeared in such publications as The American, The American Conservative, Catholic World Report, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, Crisis, First Things, Liberty, National Review, New Oxford Review, Public Discourse, Reason, and TCS Daily. He is best known for his writings on philosophy, especially his works on neo-scholasticism, and The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism.

Quas primas

Quas primas (Latin: In the first) was an encyclical of Pope Pius XI. Promulgated on December 11, 1925, it introduced the Feast of Christ the King.

Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange

Réginald Marie Garrigou-Lagrange (French: [gaʁigu lagrɑ̃ʒ]; 21 February 1877 – 15 February 1964) was a French Catholic theologian. He has been noted as a leading neo-Thomist of the 20th century, along with Jacobus Ramírez, Édouard Hugon, and Martin Grabmann. He taught at the Dominican Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome from 1909 to 1960. Here he wrote his magnum opus, The Three Ages of the Interior Life (Les Trois Ages de la Vie Interieure) in 1938.

In 1918 Garrigou initiated courses in sacred art, mysticism, and aesthetics at the Angelicum influencing future liturgical artists such as Marie Alain Couturier, who studied theology there from 1930 to 1932.

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