Judgment call: Bishop v. conscience

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Article Scripture and Theology Vatican
A bishop’s authority cannot replace the graced conscience of the baptized.

I’ll never forget my first serious argument with a priest: I was a senior in high school and co-director of a retreat. A highlight of the experience was a surprise letter from our parents, often an emotional moment after a long weekend of little sleep, a lot of soul-searching, and the combined intensity of 40 teenagers.


Spanglish Lessons: Diversity and theology

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Article Hispanic Catholics Young Adults
Who’s the norm, and who’s the diversity? So wonders this Latina theologian, who suggests that tensions in a parish may not be such bad thing after all.

Asked to introduce herself at a Hispanic ministry meeting a few years ago, Carmen Nanko-Fernández gave her name and then added, tongue firmly planted in cheek, “I’m a theologian, and my preferred theological method is pastoral hostility.”


Is anyone listening to the prophets anymore?

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Article Scripture and Theology War and Peace
"They're speaking to every segment of any culture. They're giving hope to those that are under the heel. They're making those, like ourselves-who are somewhat in possession-- uneasy. And then, to authority, they're absolutely ruthless about the kind of power that crushes people and wages wars."

Put your best faith forward

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Article Scripture and Theology Spirituality

Making a case for Christianity is not an easy sell nowadays, and no one knows that better than Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Participation in church life in his native United Kingdom, like much of Europe, is nearing a dismally low crisis point, while the church in the United States suffers strong division between left and right.


Many cultures, one faith

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Article Hispanic Catholics Immigration Parish Life Scripture and Theology
In his interview with the editors, Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas weighs in on cultural issues in the parish. See our full interview with him, It takes a parish.

What's the key to promoting a Catholicism that isn't Eurocentric?


A vision of things to come

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Article Scripture and Theology

Living in daily expectation of "seeing God,"Father Godfrey Diekmann, O.S.B. shares his thoughts about heaven, beauty, and deification.


Let's learn the living Jesus

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Article Scripture and Theology

With his 1996 book The Real Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco), Luke Timothy Johnson established himself as one of the most forceful critics of the Jesus Seminar's promise to deliver a strictly historical reconstruction of Jesus. Christian faith, Johnson says, has never based itself on such a reconstruction, even though it has always involved historical claims about Jesus.

His critique also raised important issues for how Christians understand the meaning of the Resurrection, the church, and the ability to become skilled readers of the Bible.


Mary, Mary, quite contrary

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Article Scripture and Theology Women

Defying the stereotypes of a meek, mild-mannered Mary, the Magnificat proclaims the liberating and revolutionary message of a passionate, prophetic woman. In her new book, Elizabeth A. Johnson takes a critical look at Mary-who she is and what she represents in the 21st century.


Road Scholar

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Article Scripture and Theology

St. Paul may be known as the "apostle to the Gentiles," but his high ideals make him an apostle for believers today, too.

When you ask Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor why he studies St. Paul, you get a simple, down-to-earth answer: "He gave me my start, and that got me my job." The start was a doctoral thesis on Paul's approach to preaching, which eventually landed Murphy-O'Connor a position at Jerusalem's prestigious École Biblique, where he has taught New Testament for the past 40 years while lecturing on every corner of the globe as well.


Glad You Asked: How did Jesus found the church?

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Article Scripture and Theology
While they are obviously connected, the link between Jesus and the church as we know it today isn’t exactly clear.

The Jesus movement of the first century was a group of mostly Jewish followers who were of little social importance and who often met in homes—a far cry from the cathedrals we know and love today. The pope today claims universal ecclesial authority, and because the Vatican is a nation-state, he is a head of state and even has diplomats. Jesus was certainly not a head of state and did not have diplomats (and neither did his disciple Peter).


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