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‘A new generation of theologians’

September 30, 2011

Ryan N.S. Topping, a theology professor at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, writes that the new generation of English-speaking theologians is largely orthodox.

“The majority of young Catholic philosophers and theologians that I have met through my teaching—in England, Canada, and America—are eager to serve the Church, to imbibe her customs, and to perpetuate her faith,” he writes. “For the most part, where frustration is felt it is not at being restricted by authority; it is at not being confidently commissioned.”

“Being a bishop is not for cowards,” he adds. “Failure of episcopal leadership in the post-Vatican II era has typically not been in the clumsy exercise of power, but in their reluctance to support those who defend authentic Catholic teaching. This trend is passing.”


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  • Posted by: koinonia - Oct. 01, 2011 7:50 PM ET USA

    We are excited and encouraged about what should be the standard every day situation. It is the salvation of souls and the rights of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Mystical Bride the Church that matter; all else pales in comparison. For decades far too many pastors have fostered an inverse philosophy. God willing, this spiritually deadly pandemic is now attenuated and on the decline. We must continue to pray for good priests to facilitate with God's grace the restoration so sorely needed.

  • Posted by: rpp - Sep. 30, 2011 6:19 PM ET USA

    How refreshing. There is promise.