A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic church's closeness to the poor but was subject to decades of hostility is now finding increasing favor under Pope Francis.
One of the Vatican's traditionally most powerful bishops may be signaling a relaxation in a half century of tensions between the church's hierarchy and theologians around the world -- on one issue, at least.
Over a period of decades, Catholic prelates in Rome and in many nations have sharply critiqued scores of theologians on a range of issues, from their writings on the church's sexual teachings to how they understand the nature of the person or mission of Jesus Christ.
David Gibson of Religion News Service shares some of the latest reactions of traditionalist Catholics to the early days of the Francis papacy.
Gibson reports that a conservative blogger, Katrina Fernandez, asks “how can I love a pope who doesn’t even want to be pope.” To which question I am compelled to ask whether she loved Benedict XVI, who very clearly did not want to be pope either.
Fr. Wojciech Lemanski's dismissal highlights tensions in Europe's most disciplined and inscrutable Catholic establishment.
Fr. Helmut Schüller closed his "Catholic Tipping Point" tour Thursday, delivering thousands of red ribbons to Cardinal Timothy Dolan's office.
Pope Francis' order restricting the use of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass in communities of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate addresses problems within the religious order.
"The bishops tell us we should pray for vocations, but ... God has fulfilled this prayer," Fr. Helmut Schüller told his LA audience.
Divides still exist and we're still working to overcome them -- that was the message of 25 academics gathered in Berlin in June. And the divides are sometimes fundamental.
Catholic priests and theologians in Europe cannot use "simplistic ways" of tackling moral questions and must develop a "competence to deal with new thinking" in order to engage secular society, the head of one of France's two pontifical universities said in June.
As Western Europe continues to become more secularized, said Fr. Philippe Bordeyne, theologians must be "faithful to the church teaching but also very faithful to the impulse of freedom."
When bishops and theologians argue, they must enter into a dialogue where there is "respect on every side," Jesuit Fr. François-Xavier Dumortier said in June.