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.
NCR 1995: Theologian Bernard Cooke examines the questions: What is the state of Catholic sacramental life and what is its future? Are we abandoning the emphasis on ritual that has been distinctive of the Catholic tradition?
NCR 1995: Theologian Bernard Cooke suggests that carefully considered change in Christianity's concept of the papacy holds the power to bring the church and humankind closer to realizing the reign of God.
NCR 1995: Theologian Bernard Cooke considers the person and message of Jesus, and his attitude toward power, and discusses the historical role of bishops in relation to the pope.