Posts Tagged ‘Theology’

Theology is at a turning point, says leading Catholic thinker

Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Theology at a turning point

Theology is at a turning point in a time when the Church is anesthetized by the lower number of vocations, ethical questions of society, and the pandemic, according to a leading Catholic thinker. Christoph Theobald SJ was a major figure at a recent May 5, “Today and Tomorrow. Imagining Theology” Vatican symposium on the future Read more

Hans Küng, the theologian who wanted to stand tall

Monday, April 12th, 2021
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Hans Küng, the contentious Roman Catholic theologian who died at 93 on April 6, once explained his combative nature by pointing out that he was Swiss. “I come from the land of William Tell and we weren’t brought up to be subservient,” he said. “Why should we always crawl? Standing tall suits a theologian too.” Read more

Same-sex blessings and the CDF – how to recognise a tantrum

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Imagine that someone deliberately locks themselves into a small room. They then let it be known that they can’t discuss something with you … because they are locked in a small room. And their justification takes the form: “Can’t because we say we can’t because we said we can’t”. This act of communication is called Read more

It’s the Vatican’s LGBTQ theology that is ‘disordered’

Thursday, March 25th, 2021
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A new Vatican statement that has provoked widespread criticism for sharply rejecting the blessing of same-sex unions is the latest example of why it’s hard for many people to take the Catholic Church’s own professed values of equality and dignity seriously. The decree, which notes God “cannot bless sin,” reiterates traditional Catholic teaching on sexuality. Read more

Digital media Masses – guidelines are needed

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Digital media Masses need guidelines to set them apart from other TV shows people watch, theologian Dr. Katherine Schmidt says. “There are ways to make choices in our livestreams and recordings that mark them as a different kind of space, a sacred space, to minimize distractions,” she says. Schmidt, who has been studying the relationship Read more

When and where trauma and theology meet

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

“I hated my body. It fundamentally let me down. The trauma of miscarriage, reproductive loss and infertility changed who I was, changed my whole life, and I blamed my body. My body had failed to do the one thing I felt, as a woman, it ought to be able to do.” With these words, Karen Read more

Only a new theology can save the Church

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

One of Germany’s new bishops is calling for a “new theology” as an urgent response to revelations of the clerical abuse of power. “We still haven’t fully realised that the crisis of confidence is charging into the Church’s timberwork with unmitigated force,” Bishop Heiner Wilmer says. He has already drawn criticism from the establishment when, Read more

Dialogue and mercy at the heart of theological development

Monday, June 24th, 2019
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Theological development comes through dialogue, Pope Francis said in a speech at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy in Naples. He also identified an aggressive defence of doctrine as unhelpful as it seeks to impose its beliefs on others. Fidelity to the Gospel “implies a style of life and of proclamation without a spirit Read more

We need more theologians to make sense of the world today

Monday, June 10th, 2019
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Students are losing faith in religious higher education, so the evidence suggests. Earlier this year a prime specialist theology and philosophy institution in the UK, Heythrop College, closed its doors after 400 years of teaching. Founded in 1614 by the Society of Jesus, and part of the University of London since 1970, Heythrop had a mission Read more

Power, celibacy and sexual morality links hammered home

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A professor of dogmatic theology told a recent episcopal conference to face up to the destructive link that is ‘now impossible to deny’ between ‘power, celibacy and sexual morality in the Church’. German theologian Julia Knop said a “leaden silence” descended on the assembly from the moment she began to speak. At the Plenary Assembly Read more