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.
I thought this press release might interest NCR readers:
Massive Online Open Seminar on Women Deacons June 9-July 8, 2014
The church's celebration of Pentecost highlights the "life-changing power of God's presence" believers receive through the Holy Spirit, said Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
Although the feast, celebrated June 8, doesn't look as it did in the apostles' time -- with the roar of wind and tongues of fire -- the cardinal said it serves as a reminder of the outpouring of God's spirit long ago and continuously.
"The Holy Spirit comes regularly" and is "active in the church today," he said.
Open letter to Pope Francis: The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's investigation of Jesuit Fr. Michael Amaladoss doesn't help the church's case in Asia.