A report criticizing the nation's largest society of Catholic theologians for sometimes exclusing members with conservative views has caused the group to commit itself to greater inclusivity.
Viewpoint: Convened by Fr. Helmut Schüller, the group met in Austria to explore common problems found internationally in the church.
Archbishop Piero Marini, a Vatican official, recalls watching bishops pour out of the Vatican hall where they gathered 50 years ago to bring change to the Catholic church.
Sulpician Fr. James McKearney was forced to resign as rector and president of St. Patrick Seminary and University for reasons that are still unclear.
A prominent overseas seminary once responsible for training U.S. priests for more than a century is on the verge of a rebirth, but with a modified format and mission.
Some observers of the Catholic theological scene are saying that a personal meeting between Pope Francis and Dominican Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez could mark a thaw in decades of frosty relations between the church's hierarchy and liberation theologians.
Gutiérrez, a Peruvian, coined the phrase "liberation theology." The theology is marked by its concern for liberation of the world's people from unjust economic or social conditions. It was developed in Latin America during the region's military dictatorships in the 1960s and '70s.
While some people attending a recent meeting between bishops and younger theologians criticized the event as too closed, they also said it developed into an atmosphere of dialogue.
NCR Today: A Jesuit priest took to Facebook to propose a change in the structure of the Catholic church: the naming of women to the College of Cardinals.
The event is part of an "overall effort to build relationships between bishops and theologians," said Mercy Sr. Mary Ann Walsh of the bishops' conference.
A progressive theological current that emphasizes the Catholic church's closeness to the poor but was subject to decades of hostility is now finding increasing favor under Pope Francis.