Is that so? Where did he write that?
It's in the Summa Theologica... Question 11, Articles 3 and 4.
SUMMA THEOLOGICA: Heresy (Secunda Secundae Partis, Q. 11)
"I answer that,
With regard to heretics
two points must be observed: one, on their own side; the other, on the side of the Church
. On their own side there is the sin
, whereby they deserve not only to be separated from the Church
, but also to be severed from the world by death. For it is a much graver matter
to corrupt the faith
which quickens the soul
, than to forge money, which supports temporal life. Wherefore if forgers of money and other evil-doers are forthwith condemned to death by the secular authority
, much more reason is there for heretics
, as soon as they are convicted of heresy
, to be not only excommunicated
but even put to death."
The preceding articles explain how you tell if someone is a heretic. I read a biography of Jung recently. The whole book seemed to be an explanation for why we shouldn't make a saint out of him. I never idolized Jung, so that stuff went passed me. But then I was reading a critique of religion and.... guess what? We shouldn't idolize Thomas Aquinas. Actually I didn't. But I started thinking about what it means to attack the character of a philosopher... as if that's attacking what he produced.
Who's left standing? My favorite philosopher is Kierkegaard. His first name became an insult in Denmark. Danes stopped naming their sons Soren. Wow. And by the way: the entire Summa Theologica is available on the internet? What the hay? That's pretty amazing.