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Theology in 'crisis,' says head staff member for US bishops' doctrine committee

August 17, 2011

The chief staff aide to the US bishops’ committee on doctrine has spoken of a “crisis” in Catholic theology, reflecting “a radical divide over the central tenets of the Catholic faith and the Church’s fundamental moral tradition.”

“It would appear at times that a theologian need not actually know God,” complained Father Thomas Weinandy. He said that the confused state of Catholic theology threatens to bring about “the very disintegration of the Catholic faith itself.”

Father Weinandy spoke about this crisis in a May address to the Academy of Catholic Theology. John Allen reports on the talk in the National Catholic Reporter.


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  • Posted by: Steve214 - Aug. 18, 2011 10:22 AM ET USA

    The crisis is simple: lack of Church discipline.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Aug. 17, 2011 6:18 PM ET USA

    St. Anselm was absolutely correct that theology is faith seeking understanding. No faith leads to no understanding, and, therefore, no theology. Nothing new there.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Aug. 17, 2011 5:21 PM ET USA

    The Anglican Eric Mescall in "Theology and the Gospel of Christ" pointed out to be theology there has to be faith. The theologian is a servant of revealed truth. A lot of what is called theology is actually philosophy of religion because for many so-called theologians human reason is the only standard. Faith and the magisterium of the Church don't enter the picture for them. The great Johann Adam Moeller fought against the Tuebungen rationalists posing as theologians in his day.