Posts Tagged ‘Theologians’

Theologians get tough with Germany’s bishops over Church reform Comments 0

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Theologians in Germany were recently invited to speak to the nation’s Catholic hierarchy about the clergy abuse crisis and they used the rare opportunity to chastise the more than 60 bishops for being too slow in pushing for major Church reform. The theologians were given an entire “study day” to address the German Bishops’ Conference Read more

Theologians, educators, lay leaders want US bishops’ resignation Comments 0

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Over 140 theologians, educators and lay leaders have called for all the bishops in the United States to resign. Just as Chile’s 34 bishops resigned in May after revelations of sexual abuse and corruption, US bishops should also submit their resignations to Pope Francis. Doing so would show the public an act of penance and Read more

Cardinal urges theologians to practice what they preach Comments 0

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

(UCAN) A top Vatican official challenged Filipino Catholic educators and theologians to practice what they preach and become “credible witnesses” to church teachings. “We need witnesses,” said Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, at the Ateneo de Manila University on March 10. He said four Missionaries of Charity nuns who Read more

200 theologians call for fundamental changes in Church Comments 5

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Two hundred theologians have declared that reform of the Roman Curia must be widened to become reform of the whole Church. The theologians, from throughout the world, issued a declaration at the end of a theological congress in Germany earlier this month. The title of the gathering in Munich was “Opening the Council – Theology Read more

US columnist hits back at theologians’ complaints Comments 1

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

A New York Times columnist has hit back at theologians and other academics who queried his professional competence to write on Catholicism. Last month, columnist Ross Douthat wrote several pieces about the synod on the family in Rome. He suggesting, among other things, that clear factions among the bishops have emerged, that Pope Francis favours Read more

Cardinal Pell tells synod bishops of their primary duty Comments 0

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Cardinal George Pell has said that the first task of bishops is not to be theologians but to teach, explain, and defend the Church’s faith and morals. The Australian cardinal delivered his intervention at the synod on the family in Rome last week, and an extended form of it was posted to the Catholic Herald’s website. Read more

Theologians discuss sense and absence of the faithful Comments 0

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Who should be included in the definition of the faithful and who of these are “absent” were among questions put at a recent US theological conference. Earlier this month, the annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America grappled with the issue of the “sensus fidelium” or “sense of the faithful” of the whole Read more

Pope says theologians must not be desk bound Comments 0

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Pope Francis has called on theologians not to settle for the “theology of the desk”, but to “smell of the people and of the road”. In a letter to the theological faculty of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, the Pope used language he had previously applied to pastors. According to an article in the National Read more

Church needs more women theologians says Pope Comments 1

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

According to Pope francis, the Church needs more women theologians. The Pontiff made the comments on Friday during a meeting with the International Theological Commission; it is the beginning of the Commission’s new five-year mandate. Noting the contribution women bring to the “intelligence of faith”, Francis described the five women now serving on the Commission as “the strawberries on Read more

Pope backs closer Christian ties before theologians agree Comments 0

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Pope Francis has said Christians from different denominations should work for closer ties without waiting for theologians to agree on everything. He told Pentecostal bishops visiting him in Rome that Catholics and Evangelicals should “walk together”. Focussing on differences amounts to “sinning against God’s will”, the Pope said. He said Christians should not wait for Read more