"The bishops tell us we should pray for vocations, but ... God has fulfilled this prayer," Fr. Helmut Schüller told his LA audience.
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.
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.
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.