The document from the International Theological Commission, " 'Sensus Fidei' in the Life of the Church," takes a long overdue look at what this sense of the faith is for the individual and for the larger church. Some of the insights of the nine theologian writers are most encouraging for progressive Catholics; others, not so much.
Commentary: Margaret Nutting Ralph stands in a long line of faithful Catholics who followed God's call to share their gifts only to be oppressed by religious leaders.
A priest told her the move was called for because he wanted to avoid the perception that the Chicago archdiocese "is not firm on doctrine."
When the document from the International Theological Commission was released in late June, it drew little buzz. Its authors -- from Canada, Britain, France, Poland, and other countries -- were unknown to me except for the one American on the panel, Sr. Sara Butler. She taught at Chicago's Mundelein Seminary for many years and is best known for her opposition to women's ordination.
Members of a Vatican theological body are exploring just how hard bishops must listen to lay people.
If the members of the body, known as the International Theological Commission, want to go more in-depth on the topic of the sensus fidelium, they may want to consider traveling to Milwaukee next June.
The Catholic Theological Society of America, a 1,400-member group of U.S. theologians, plans to address the topic from a variety of angles during its four-day annual conference next summer.
NCR Today: Defenders of orthodoxy seem to assume that many mainstream Catholics disagree with official teaching because they don't know what they're talking about. How condescending.
As the world's bishops prepare for the October synod, they face one question: How much should the experiences and opinions of lay Catholics influence their discussions?
For the first time in its 52-year history, the Graduate Theological Union will offer a dedicated curriculum in Hinduism, beginning this fall, as the initial step toward establishment of a Center for Dharma Studies.
When a large portion of Catholics ignore or reject a church teaching, it is often a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith, the document says.
The Peace Pulpit: Yes, there's only one God, one God, but that one God is three persons: father, son and spirit. How can that be? Listen to Bishop Gumbleton's homily.