Rev. Basil B. Cole, O.P.

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Ordinary Professor of Moral, Spiritual and Systematic Theology

B.S., University of San Francisco
B.Ph., St. Albert’s College, Oakland
S.T.L., S.T.Lr., Le Saulchoir, France
S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum)

About Rev. Basil

Joining the Dominicans of the Western Province in 1960, Fr. Cole was ordained to the priesthood in 1966. He finished his theological studies at Le Saulchoir in Etiolles, France earning the lectorate and licentiate degrees in 1968. He later received the doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum). After teaching theology and philosophy at Pilarica College for the Notre Dame Sisters (1968-69), Fr. Cole was elected prior of St. Dominic’s in San Francisco, where he also served as parish priest, a member of the provincial council and lecturer at various institutions (1970-1975). Elected prior of Daniel Murphy High School community in Los Angeles he became a member of the Western Dominican preaching band and preached throughout the American West. Fr. Cole was an invited professor at the Angelicum from 1985-97, and has taught moral, spiritual and dogmatic theology at the Dominican House of Studies since 1997.

Fr. Cole has authored: Music and Morals, Alba House, Staten Island, New York, 1993; co-authored with Paul Connor, O.P.; Christian Totality: Theology of Consecrated Life, published by St. Paul’s editions in Bombay, India 1990, revised in 1997 Alba House, Staten Island, New York. He has written for The PriestHomiletic and Pastoral ReviewFaith and Reason, and Angelicum. He has also been a long time collaborator for Germain Grisez’s four volume series of moral theology, The Way of the Lord Jesus.

View Fr. Cole’s Curriculum vitae.

Select Publications

Thomism, Moral Claims, and Amoris Laetitia, in Anthropotes, Vol. 33, (1) (September), 2017, 313-326.

Further Dubia for the Confused, in HPR, Sept. 27, 2017;, Más Dubia para los confundidos.

Is a sense of humor necessary for salvation?, in HPR, Jan. 1, 2017

A Thomistic Appraisal of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Capital Vices, Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2018): 1-19

The Hurdles of St. Thomas Aquinas To Overcome in Amoris Laetitia. In Response to Prof. Eberhard Schockenhoff, in Anthropotes, Vol. 34 (1), (January) 2018, 9-18.


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