A journal of academic theology

Volume 64 Number 1

March 2003 editorial

The unusual sub-freezing temperatures that gripped much of the U.S.A. in the first months of this year brought hardship and suffering to financially challenged persons, especially the elderly who are locked in with a fixed income. Why is it that in a country with so much affluence (despite the downturn of the stock market) the

The Broken Wings of Eros: Christian Ethics and the Denial of Desire

[In this segment of the Notes on Moral Theology, the author argues that overcoming one’s suspicion of eros in Christian ethics would lead to a more integrated vision of the human person, moving beyond the dichotomies between rational knowledge and emotional cognition, spirituality and sexuality, agape and self-love. At the same time, positive recognition of

The Open Debate: Moral Theology and the Lives of Gay and Lesbian Persons

[In this final section of the Notes on Moral Theology the author explores the extensive work of Catholic moral theologians reflecting on morality and the lives of gay and lesbian persons. He demonstrates that moral theologians not only critically engage a variety of statements by the different offices of the magisterium, but also investigate the

Sacrifice Unveiled or Sacrifice Revisited: Trinitarian and Liturgical Perspectives

[Recognizing that the Christ event has done away with sacrifice in the history-of-religions sense of the word, this article attempts to unveil the true meaning of Christian sacrifice from trinitarian and liturgical perspectives which enable us to see that sacrifice is, first, the self-offering of the Father in the gift of the Son, and then

Revisiting the Franciscan Doctrine of Christ

[Franciscan theologians posit an integral relation between Incarnation and Creation whereby the Incarnation is grounded in the Trinity of love. The primacy of Christ as the fundamental reason for the Incarnation underscores a theocentric understanding of Incarnation that widens the meaning of salvation and places it in a cosmic content. The author explores the primacy

Rosmini Ratzinger and Kuhn: Observations on a Note by the Doctrinal Congregation

[In his encyclical Fides et ratio, John Paul II favorably cited Antonio Rosmini. Since many propositions taken from Rosmini’s thought had been proscribed by the 19th-century magisterium, such citation called for a rethinking on the part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. In a Note issued in 2001, its prefect, Joseph Ratzinger,

Piet Fransen’s Research on Fides et Mores

[At Vatican I fides et mores were key terms, ordinarily translated as “faith and morals” and understood as separable terms. Were they always so distinguished? Did mores traditionally mean “morals”? Piet Fransen traced their origin to a letter of St. Augustine and followed their use through the Middle Ages to the Council of Trent. Afterwards,

Marriage: Developments in Catholic Theology and Ethics

[Roman Catholic teaching on marriage focuses on interpersonal love of spouses, of which sacramentality and procreation are dimensions. Post Vatican II disputes about sexual morality, divorce, and birth control have taken place in this general context. A new generation of scholars—married, with children—argues for a more social view of marriage, with special concern about socioeconomic

Reviews & Shorter Notices -February 2003

Il libro del Qohelet: Tradizione, redazione, teologia Agustinus Gianto S.J., pp.151–152 Children of a Compassionate God: A Theological Exegesis of Luke 6:20–49 Robert F. O’Toole S.J., pp. 152–154 Thessaloniki—Stadt des Kassander und Gemeinde des Paulus: Eine frühe christliche Gemeinde in ihrer heidnischen Umwelt Robert North S.J., pp. 154–155 Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture: A Study

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