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US bishops reach out to orthodox young theologians

Catholic World News - September 21, 2011

The US Catholic bishops are seeking to build up relationships with orthodox young Catholic theologians, hoping to encourage the “new evangelization” in college theology departments.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who chairs the doctrine committee for the US bishops’ conference, hosted a conference in Washington, DC, on the work of theologians in the new evangelization. The cardinal told participants that there is an urgent need to educate young Catholic students who have not been brought into contact with “the essentials of the faith.”

Key speakers at the conference included Archbishop Augustin DiNoia, the secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship; and theologians Janet Smith of Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and John Cavadini of Notre Dame.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 25, 2011 1:47 PM ET USA

    I do hope and pray so, Hopefully. There are still so many teachers and principals who betray the Faith, either by ignorance or willfull obfuscation, that we loose too many (even one is too many).

  • Posted by: hopefully - Sep. 24, 2011 7:19 PM ET USA

    Don't lose hope, Defender. There are new theologians in the camp you describe, but there are also many coming out of Steubenville and other hotbeds of Catholic orthodoxy. The seeds of a Catholic renewal are in the ground and more are being planted.

  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 21, 2011 10:47 PM ET USA

    The problem is that the newer theologians have been taught by an old guard that is more concerned with academic freedom than the Deposit of Faith. This potentially means that error (and scandal) will continue to be the norm. The writings on theology prior to VII are hard to come by, but worth the effort to obtain to put the "train back on the tracks."

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