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Catholic Theology
Catholic theology represents a significant, and sometimes controversial, set of principles. The Catholic Church, as led by the Pope, is a branch of Christianity that has withstood many years of growth and changes in the world. For this reason, many people feel passionate about the ideologies and philosophies presented by the Catholic Church. However, in todayís modern world many have also started to define what it means to be a liberal Catholic or a conservative Catholic. Many of the following articles explore these differences and expound on the details of Catholic theology.
  1. Changing My Mind about the Changeable Church by Richard A. McCormick, S.J.

    McCormick discusses areas in which his thoughts have shifted: The nature of the church; the church as the people of God; the church as servant; the church as collegial; the church as ecumenical; the ecclesiological nature of the church; importance of lay witness; the teaching competence of the episcopal and papal branch; the church and moral truth; the place of dissent; birth regulation; ecclesial honesty; the dynamic nature of faith.

  2. Drinking from Our Own Wells by Robert McAfee Brown

    Realizing the gifts he brings us, I find it both dismaying and disheartening to see Gustavo Gutiťrrez once again under attack by heavy theological artillery from within his own church. Not only Catholics but all of us need his words, his witness and the example of his life.

  3. Going Catholic by Jason Byassee

    Jason Byassee analyses the theological arguments of a number of well known scholars who have converted to Roman Catholicism. For those in mainline churches these converts raise the question of what it means to be evangelical, catholic and orthodox.

  4. Grace in Freedom by Karl Rahner

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A collection of Professor Rahner's speeches and radio talks, dealing with the relationship between grace and freedom as understood in the Catholic Church. Chapters include the Catholic's responsibility after Vatican II, the nature of the Christian faith, ecumenical perspectives, the church and personal freedom, the nature of "God," and the nature of freedom and morality.

  5. Helping Omega Make Its Point: The Pitfalls and Promise of Understanding Catholics by James T. Baker

    Ecclesiastical differences have to do with the Catholic willingness and the Protestant unwillingness to submit to an institution’s opinion or order even when it contradicts one’s own convictions. There’s just too much Aquinas in Catholics and too much Luther in Protestants.

  6. Homanisation by Karl Rahner

    (ENTIRE BOOK) A famous Catholic theologian deals with the position of Catholic theology in regard to hominisation, the theory of manís evolutionary origins.

  7. Imperial Claims? by Kilian McDonnell

    Protestant responses to the "Declaration on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church" recently issued by Cardinal Joseph Ratzingerís Office for the Doctrine of the Faith have been mostly pained surprise, sometimes anger. However, this controversial statement should be understood as a catechism for Catholics.

  8. Mystery and Promise: A Theology of Revelation by John F. Haught

    (ENTIRE BOOK) The author deals with revelation from within a Roman Catholic perspective. Revelation comes in the form of a divine promise which upon reflection turns out to be nothing less than Godís own self-donation to the world. It is the gift of an image of divine humility which renders reality intelligible in an unprecedented way.

  9. Reverence for Our God, Faith in Another by Daniel J. Ritter

    Lost within a constantly shifting boundary between knowledge and faith, the author proposes a flexibility which accommodates reverence in the evolving God of our ancestors and humility before the Power which we infer lies behind Him whom we reverence.

  10. Roman Catholic Sexual Ethics: A Dissenting View by Charles E. Curran

    It is obviously very difficult for the hierarchical teaching office, with its understanding of benefiting from the assistance of the Holy Spirit, to recognize that its teaching might be in error.

  11. The Petrine Ministry in a Changing Church by Hermann J. Pottmeyer

    Pope John XXII, even deeply committed Catholics severely criticize the church's central administration, the papacy included. The Catholic Church is struggling today towards a new model of church. The Petrine ministry too is evolving. It has an indispensable role in shaping the new ecclesial model.

  12. The Reception Process: The Challenge at the Threshold of a New Phase of the Ecumenical Movement by Hermann J. Pottmeyer

    Koinonia and communio describe the form of Christian unity; dialogue and reception describe the way to unity. The effort to achieve a more complete reception of one another in Christ through dialogue in truth is precisely the way that will lead to a full communio among sister Churches.

  13. The Vaticanís Quarrel with Roger Haight by Thomas P. Rausch

    Dr. Rausch looks at the views of Thomas P. Haight who argues that pluralism in our times demands that we can no longer claim the superiority of Christianity over all other religions.