In recent years, both the Committee on Doctrine of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have censured the writings of Catholic theologians, judging them to be not in conformity with authoritative church teaching. In a 2011 “statement” on Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s book Quest for the Living God (...
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John E. Thiel is professor of religious studies at Fairfield University. A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, his latest book is Icons of Hope: The "Last Things" in Catholic Imagination (University of Notre Dame Press).