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Hope, concrete realities the focus at gathering of African theologians


NAIROBI, Kenya -- Bring up the subject of Africa at dinner conversation and you may feel like you've removed the air from the room.

By any measure, the problems facing the world's second-largest continent loom large. There's an HIV/AIDS crisis that touches the majority of its 57 countries, ongoing violent conflicts that tear at national identities, and perennial questions of development, hunger and health.

U.S. bishops formally publish new theological procedures


The U.S. bishops' committee tasked with enforcing church doctrine has formally published procedures for investigating theologians a year after the procedures were approved apparently without consultation or notice to theologians.

NCR first reported on the procedures Aug. 17, after their existence came to light this summer in two academic journal articles by canon lawyer Fr. James Coriden.

US bishops quietly adopt protocols for theological investigations


The U.S. bishops' committee tasked with enforcing church doctrine adopted new procedures for investigating theologians a year ago, apparently unbeknownst to the theologians whose teachings and writings would be subject to the protocols.

The procedures seem to indicate that the committee is eschewing dialogue with theologians when concerns over their adherence to church doctrine are reported, instead preferring a private in-house review process.

Grant will help nuns in Asia get theology degrees in U.S.


The Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif., is embarking on a pilot program to give women religious in China, India and Vietnam full scholarships to earn advanced theological degrees at the school thanks to a four-year grant of $375,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation. The theology school is part of Santa Clara University.



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