Roger Haight, S.J., visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary and author of a three-volume work on ecclesiology, Christian Community in History, discusses the extraordinary flowering of Catholic Theology since Vatican II. Among the figures he reflects upon are Karl Rahner, Johannes B. Metz and Elizabeth Johnson. According to Fr. Haight, the "expanded territory covered by the theologians of our era bears comparison to the transition from the monastery to the university in the high middle ages." Fr. Haight's article on Catholic theology since Vatican II from the March 17 issue of America is available here.
Excellent overview of theology developments since VII. Fr. Haight has an enormous grasp of the panorama.
My congratulations to Roger Haight for his article. I found the podcast to enhance the article. I was a bit disappointed however in the lack of dialogue in the podcast on the tension between the Vatican’s stress (particularly with Pope Ratzinger) on “orthodoxy” and the “dangers of relativism”. The Vatican response to many of the Theologians cited in the article has been very negative. Roger Haight has himself come under suspicion and a bit of silencing. Congratulations to America for publshing this article and podcast.
While this is an overwhelming survey, I would have liked more emphasis on the role of bishops, the church relying more on their training in canon law than pastoral ministry.
Also what about developments in liturgical theology — or the absence of it?
This was an excellent addition to the article summary and I fully enjoyed his insightful comments looking ahead to the future of theology in the catholic church. I appreciated his mention of great writer Sr Elizabeth Johnson’s work and the need for Catholic lay people in neuromedical science to contribute to catholic theology and help translate new medical science discoveries into accurate and technically appropriate catholic theological interpretations for the future. For example, the catholic term “ensoulment” and how traditional catholic theology today fails miserably to communicate that concept of personhood and new life from the “moment of conception” in a realistic and appropriate manner, especially if it is done by one person alone in a laboratory test tube based on what we now know about reproductive biology and medical neuroscience.
GBYAY Anne McGinnis Breen
“Walking into the future backwards” - on how some theologies are reactionary. What an apt way to end an interesting and thorough complement to Haight’s article. Thanks for the opportunity to listen.
Fr Simon Falk, Australia