The Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America has criticized the USCCB Committee on Doctrine’s statement on Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson’Â “Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God.”
“We, the undersigned officers and directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America wish to comment on the statement by the USCCB Committee on Doctrine, which was made public on March 31, 2011,” the CTSA statement says.
“Our intent here is to voice our serious concerns regarding three issues: 1) the fact that, in this matter, the bishops did not follow the procedures set forth in their own document, Doctrinal Responsibilities; 2) a misreading of Professor Johnsonâ€™s work in the statement; 3) the troubling implications the statement presents for the exercise of our vocation as theologians.
“It is not our intention here to comment in detail on the Doctrine Committeeâ€™s statement or on Professor Johnsonâ€™s book, since responsible consideration deserves greater time and thought. However, we feel an urgency to respond since her book has received such a wide and favorable reception from so many educated Catholic laity, including from the students many of us teach. In sharing this pastoral concern, we are conscious of the complementary but distinct vocations of the theologian and the Magisterium and are open to further conversation with the Committee on Doctrine regarding the understanding of our theological task.”
Response of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America to the Statement on â€œQuest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God,â€ By Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson Issued by the Committee on Doctrine, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, March 24, 2011 (CTSA)