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Sister Johnson rips USCCB critique of her work

June 09, 2011

Fordham University theologian Sister Elizabeth Johnson has written a 38-page letter defending her 2007 book Quest for the Living God against a recent critique by the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Ideas are taken out of context and twisted to mean what they patently do not mean,” she writes. “Sentences are run to a conclusion far from what I think or the text says. False dilemmas are composed. Numerous omissions, distortions, and outright misstatements of fact riddle the reading. As a work of theology, Quest for the Living God was thoroughly misunderstood and consistently misrepresented in the committee’s Statement. As a result, the Statement’s judgment that Quest does not cohere with Catholic teaching is less than compelling. It hangs in the air, untethered by the text of the book itself.”


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  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Jun. 10, 2011 11:23 AM ET USA

    Does Sister Johnson have a mandatum? You know, the requirement for teaching theology at a Catholic college?

  • Posted by: pauljworthington637024 - Jun. 10, 2011 9:43 AM ET USA

    This is what you get with loose canons and bad habits.

  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jun. 10, 2011 8:22 AM ET USA

    What if we all just ignored her? She's a graying relic of the 60s. Her time is long past.

  • Posted by: Anselm - Jun. 09, 2011 11:37 PM ET USA

    And the maximum effective range of an excuse is?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 09, 2011 2:15 PM ET USA

    And the bishops would deliberately distort what she said because...?

  • Posted by: Gaby - Jun. 09, 2011 11:27 AM ET USA

    She's wearing a turquoise blazer instead of a habit- Nuf said.