The crowd, which was made of mostly older people and many nuns, represented those whose anger and frustration with the church have found expression in local organizations.
Catholics need to return to the spirit of Vatican II and "become citizens of the church again," Schüller said, urging women to continue speaking out for their rights.
Women who have chosen to become ordained Catholic priests are "very prophetic," Fr. Helmut Schüller told a group of journalists Monday.
Austrian Fr. Helmut Schüller said the word "disobedience" upsets many people, but he said he feels "the church often misuses obedience to keep people down."
Grace on the Margins: "Full participation of church citizens is a question of respect for human beings," Schüller said Tuesday.
Pope Francis' first encyclical, which he has said is largely the work of retired Pope Benedict XVI, will be published Friday.
Catholic scholars from around the world gathered June 6-9 in Miami for the annual CTSA meeting. This year's theme: "Conversion."
Appreciation: Theologian Bernard Cooke saw the church in a state of evolution and questions if the papacy's extravagance contradicted Jesus' message.
Grace on the Margins: Perhaps one of the more exciting developments at CTSA is the push to integrate the work of younger theologians with the voices of more seasoned academics.
NCR 1996: Theologian Bernard Cooke reacts to the mass excommunication of Catholics in Lincoln, Nebr., by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz.