Fr Abelardo Lobato Casado, a renowned philosopher and foremost thomist is dead. He died at the age of 87 and he is from the Province of the Beltics (Andalucia).
Fr Lobato was born on the 20th of January, 1925 in San Pedro de la Vina (Zamora), Spain. He entered the Dominican Novitiate in 1941 and made profession the following year. He studied philosophy and theology at the Dominican Studium in Almagro and also at the Convent of St Stephen, Salamanca and was ordained to the priesthood in 1949.
After his ordination, he continued his studies and got his Licentiate in Sacred Theology at Salamanca (1950) and doctorate in Philosophy at Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome (1952). He also studied at Granada and Madrid. He had a teaching career spanning over half a century; Dominican Studium, Granada (1952-1960), Pontifical University of Salamanca (1960-1970), University of St Thomas, Rome (1960), University of Latin America, Mexico and Chile (1971) and many other places.
Over the years, he has made the following achievements and received the following appointments and awards among many others;
Seven times Dean of Faculty of Philosophy, University of St Thomas Aquinas (from 1967)
Organized the International Congress on the 7th Centenary of the death of St Thomas Aquinas (1974)
Founded the International Society of Thomas Aquinas (SITA) with Fr Benedict DAmore (1978)
Elected Provincial of Province of Andalusia (1977 and 1981)
Member of Board of Directors of the Pontifical Roman Academy of St Thomas Aquinas (1977)
Founded the Fundacin Instituto Fray Bartolome de Las Casas in Seville, Spain (1984)
Director of St Thomas Aquinas University, Rome (1987)
Holy See Observer for Human Rights at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (1982)
Dean of the Spanish section of the Institute Regina Mundi (1986)
Dean of Faculty of Theology, Lugano (1996-2000)
President of International Society of Thomas Aquinas (1997-2003)
Consultant to Pontifical Institute for the Family (1999)
Spiritual Director for Society of St Teresa, Lugano (1998)
President of Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas, Rome (1999)
Man of the Year by American Biographical Institute (1999)
Editor of Doctor Communis, Rome (2000)
Citizen of Aquino (2001)
He has published more than 40 books and numerous articles on theology, metaphysics, anthropology, social and political philosophy. He was a brilliant and original thinker, a prolific writer, a great Christian philosopher of the 20th century, a man of God and a man of prayer. May his soul rest in peace.