Posts Tagged ‘Theology’

Only a new theology can save the Church Comments 0

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 Comments 0

Monday, June 24th, 2019
theological development

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 Comments 0

Monday, June 10th, 2019
theologians

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 Comments 0

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

Handling divine and political barriers: A womanist perspective Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019
woman

I remember sitting in Cannon Chapel (Emory University) and listening to Dr. Tamura Lomax[1] preach a sermon from the perspective of The Canaanite Woman found in the Gospel of Matthew 15: 21-28. We were both matriculating through seminary as MDiv students and I was just in awe of her scholarship and the ease at which Read more

Postgrad qualifications for faith-based leaders Comments 0

Monday, September 17th, 2018
faith-based

Starting in 2019, leaders in faith-based organisations will be able to gain postgraduate qualifications at Otago University. The Department of Theology and Religion is offering two qualifications a Postgraduate Diploma in Faith-Based Leadership and Management and a Master of Faith-Based Leadership and Management Describing the qualifications as “much-needed” the Salvation Army Principal Adviser, Dr Greg Coyle Read more

Contempt has no place in free speech debate Comments 0

Monday, August 20th, 2018
free speech

It’s often said that when America sneezes, the world gets a cold. In the time of Trump, it means we might worry that when America gets a little crazy, the rest of the world might go mad. In years past, New Zealand’s geographical isolation provided a measure of natural immunity to foreign viruses. Today, however, Read more

Do you know what these strange “Catholic’ words mean? Comments 0

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

How many of these words do you know the meaning of? Cuauhtlatoatzin, Filioque, Hypostatic, Oikonomia, Paraclete, Kyrie Eleison, Parousia, Tekakwitha, Prophecy, Viaticum, Catechesis. Click here to find out Related Posts:Depends on meaningTranslations of the Pope’s speeches…Reading the BiblePope’s words aren’t always official…

A lay spirituality for our times Comments 0

Monday, June 11th, 2018
lay spirituality

2017 Lay Spirituality: From Traditional to Postmodern may well be regarded as a sequel to Pierre Hegy’s two previous volumes: Wake Up, Lazarus!: On Catholic Renewal (2011) and Wake Up, Lazarus!: Paths to Catholic Renewal (2013). What binds these volumes together and makes them unique is the use of sociological methods to understand church practices Read more

Pastoral work and theology cannot be separated Comments 0

Monday, July 31st, 2017
pastoral theology

We often hear it said of Pope Francis: “He’s not a great theologian, but he is a great pastor,” as if this assertion made any sense. As a theologian who shares Pope Francis’s heritage of Latin American Catholicism, I strongly disagree. Pope Francis is a terrific theologian, whose theology is coherent and cogent because it Read more