It was a memorable sermon, lacking any clear outline or notable linkage to the Scripture readings. It was a diatribe on the ills of modern Catholicism. The major culprits in this priest’s analysis were "so-called Catholic theologians." Since I have spent the last thirty-seven years working as a Catholic theologian, his phrase remains vivid in my memory. Would I ever speak in the classroom or conversation of "so-called Catholic priests" or " so-called Catholic bishops...
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Rodger Van Allen is professor of theology and religion at Villanova University. He is the author of The Commonweal and American Catholicism (Fortress, 1974) and Being Catholic: Commonweal from the Seventies to the Nineties (Loyola University Press, 1993).