Simply Spirit: Too often, Catholics raised in our Catholic culture are unaware that it is sometimes our duty to speak about matters concerning the good of the church.
Simply Spirit: Amazingly, this document validates the not-infrequent experience of Catholics who find themselves unable to accept certain teachings.
Bulletins from the Human Side: Is the new document from the International Theological Commission an explosion in St. Peter's Square that is described as church renewal?
Parish Diary: What does our parish do about contraception? We teach as the church teaches. Are we having any significant impact? No.
Global Sisters Report: The One Body of the Church is deeply divided. Are these internal conflicts of our divided church the result of a divided human brain?
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.