Theology
LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM
A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Theology

COMMUNION FOR THE REMARRIED 
The pope has given the go-ahead for discussion. He doesn't say whether he is on the side of those in favor or those against, but he appears to be much closer to the former than to the latter.
FORGET THEOLOGICAL PURITY - THE CHURCH NEEDS A REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT 
Organized religion in the West seems both lifeless and pregnant with possibility. Here's how we fix it.
HUMANAE VITAE, A HALF-CENTURY ON 
The 'enthusiasm gap' is reflective of more than just the present moment; it suggests continuation of the skirmishes within the Church that have persisted through Francis’s papacy.
A WAKE-UP CALL TO LIBERAL THEOLOGIANS 
The estrangement between academic theology and the institutional Church is one reason many younger Catholics are now turning to neo-traditionalist circles for instruction
DARING TO HOPE THAT ALL WILL BE SAVED 
The history of the church has not been kind to the notion of universal salvation. Though there have been a good number of theologians who defend the hope that all may be saved, the church’s teaching for centuries has been that hell will not be empty.
DOCTRINAL AUTHORITY IN THE FRANCIS ERA 
Pope Francis's efforts to move away from a bloated understanding of doctrinal teaching authority toward a pastoral method...
FOR US AND FOR OUR SALVATION? 
Rethinking Jesus’ death radically changes our image of God the Father from punishing and wrathful to one with whom most parents can identify.
HOW TEILHARD DE CHARDIN'S HIDDEN RESPONSE TO VATICAN CENSURE FINALLY CAME TO LIGHT 
Teilhard's Six Propositions were locked away from that time until 2007 when they were discovered in the Jesuit archives in Rome.
INFALLIBILITY - HANS KUNG APPEALS TO POPE FRANCIS 
An urgent appeal to Pope Francis to permit an open and impartial discussion on infallibility of pope and bishops.
INQUIRY OR INQUISITION? ANOTHER LOOK AT FATHER TEILHARD DE CHARDIN 
His attempts to integrate new science and faith led to a ban on teaching and publishing during his lifetime.
IS ALL CHURCH TEACHING CREATED EQUAL? 
We tend to give all church teaching the same weight and authority, but is dumping limbo tantamount to dumping the Trinity?
IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL 
Papal infallibility is utterly misunderstood. Nowhere is it decreed that the pope is infallible; the Catholic Church has never taught that any pope is infallible.
PARALLEL MAGISTERIUM? 
If theologians are condemned for not being in conformity with the Catechism, can they do theology at all?
PASTORAL WORK AND THEOLOGY CANNOT BE SEPARATED 
The distinction between the disciplines of theological work and how these function in our common life is necessary.
SCHILLEBEECKX'S PIERCING INQUIRY BROUGHT JESUS ALIVE 
Jesus' human story is 'the story of God,' 'the parable of God himself,' 'God translated for us'; he is the 'mystic and exegete of God.'
TIME TO REHABILITATE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN? 
Naming Jesuit Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin a doctor of the church — or at least removing the 'warning' from his writings — would give the Jesuit scientist and philosopher more legitimacy in the church. And two separate petitions to the Vatican aim to do just that.
THAT '70S CHURCH 
The Roman Catholic tradition does not need to be afraid of history; its central claim is that God became a man who fully experienced the contingencies of life in a certain time and place.
A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE 
Many U.S. Catholics find themselves stranded between those two worlds, especially when individual conscience comes into conflict with clear, if disputed, church teaching.
LAW, ORDER AND IDOLATRY: THE IMPORTANCE OF NEGATIVE THEOLOGY FOR POLITICS 
We ought to continually struggle towards a justice that is greater than what we presently understand.
JESUS' TEACHINGS ON MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE 
Development in teaching, development in interpretation, or change in teaching, change in interpretation – depending upon what word is preferred – has happened throughout Christian history, from the beginning of the Church.
A THEOLOGY OF ENCOUNTER 
How many of us know what it is to be known not as who we are, but only by the labels that society gives us? Sometimes they are fairly innocuous. Sometimes they aren’t.
NOTES FROM THE CLASSROOM: OUR CHURCH IN CONTROVERY 
A reflection on teaching theology in a time of scandal: Reckoning with the ways our church falls short carves out space for the possibility that we might do better.
THEOLOGY NEEDS RADICAL REVISIONING 
What does a "religious solution" to the environmental problem look like in a church that seems to be riddled with dysfunction?
DOES CHURCH TEACHING CHANGE? 
Church Doctrine at Trent, Vatican I, and Vatican II. What institutions wittingly or unwittingly chose to remember and chose to forget from their past makes them what they are.
TRASHING TEILHARD 
How not to read a great religious thinker
DEVELOPMENT OF DOCTRINE IS A PEOPLE THAT WALKS TOGETHER  
Journeying through the ages, the Church sees and learns new things, always growing deeper in her understanding of the Faith.