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Bishops say book critique was not meant to question author's service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The harsh critique by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine of a Fordham University theologian's popular book was not meant to question the "dedication, honor, creativity or service" of the theologian's work, said a letter to faculty members at the university. Written by Capuchin Franciscan Father Thomas Weinandy, executive director of the Secretariat for Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the letter was sent April 28, 10 days after 179 Fordham faculty members from various academic departments offered their unconditional support to author Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson, a Sister of St .Joseph and professor of theology at Fordham. It was Johnson's 2007 book, "Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God," that was criticized by the committee for having "misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors" related to the Catholic faith. The doctrinal committee decided to assess the book in late 2009, after it became a popular choice of faculty who teach introductory theology classes on college campuses. The faculty members expressed dismay in their letter that the committee acted without talking with Sister Elizabeth, whose theological work is recognized internationally and has been honored with several awards. They also urged the bishops to "take steps to rectify the lack of respect and consideration your actions have shown for Sister Johnson both as a scholar and as a dedicated woman religious who has given a lifetime of honorable, creative and generous service to the church, the academy and the world."
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Prayer of the MonthPapal intentions for November: That priests who experience difficulties may find comfort in their suffering, support in their doubts, and confirmation in their fidelity. That as fruit of the continental mission, Latin American Churches may send missionaries to other Churches.
Papal intentions for December: That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior's coming.