From the Editor’s Desk “One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:5–6). Over the centuries the church’s witness to the gospel of Jesus has been both noble and ignoble. Today church membership, particularly in the West, has been declining. […]
My December 2013 editorial informed you that Theological Studies is leaping into the digital age. In fact, we went digital two years ago, but now we are acknowledging that the production and distribution of the journal must change to take fuller advantage of the power of the microchip and Internet. After extensive consultation, we have chosen to partner with SAGE Journals, a professional publisher, in order to benefit from their expertise and the increased circulation and visibility they can provide. This move, we believe, will support the journal for the long term, while we retain full ownership and editorial control.
PDF content from volume 69 (2008) is now on-line and available for you to peruse and download. See our Past Articles page. Remember to clear your caches on your browsers so that the new data file will download to your browser. Wishing you a happy and productive 2014.
With Pope Francis we have new wine calling for new wineskins—so many “firsts.” First pope to choose the name Francis. The first in centuries to live outside the papal palace. First to give a press conference, and now, with the publication of his interview with Antonio Spadaro, S.J., on behalf of major Jesuit journals around the world, the first pope to tell the world so much about his interior life, including weaknesses for which he expresses regret. Here is a man who learns from his mistakes and who palpably yearns to grow in holiness, which he associates with patience toward himself and everyone else as well.
Theologians cannot but talk about conversion. The foundational relationship between Creator and creation, God and humanity, demands it. This year’s meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America proved how rich the theme is, applicable to virtually all areas of theological reflection. The theme is especially timely in this 50th anniversary year of Vatican II, a reform council that called the church then and now to conversion. Many commentators have observed that the council was itself a three-year conversion experience for the Council Fathers, calling the whole people of God to conversion.