A journal of academic theology

Volume 65 Number 2

June 2004 editorial

From the Editor’s Desk Long in planning, this issue of Theological Studies devoted to the neglected theme Encountering Latino and Latina Catholic Theology has been realized through the labors of the authors and the organizational efforts of Kenneth Davis, O.F.M. Conv., who early on conceived the project. I have invited him to compose a guest editorial in order to

The Symbolic Realism of U.S. Latino/a Popular Catholicism

[The author argues that Latino/a popular Catholicism in the United States embodies important aspects of a non-modern Catholic worldview that have been obscured, or even lost in modern, rationalist forms of Catholicism. Specifically, U.S. Latino/a popular religious practices reflect an understanding of symbol that is heir to the intrinsically symbolic cosmology of medieval and baroque

A Latino Practical Theology: Mapping the Road Ahead

[The author uses the pastoral circle or “see-judge-act” practical theological method to review the status of Hispanic/Latino ministry. He takes note of new research findings, while stressing the importance of an integrating framework for shaping the Catholic Church’s response to the multiple challenges presented by the Latino/a presence. Paul VI’s Evangelii nuntiandi provides the needed

A Youthful Community: Theological and Ministerial Challenges

[The Latino/a community in the U.S. is the youngest in the nation. Ministry to this youthful community demands that attention be paid to the acculturation process taking place among Latinos/as and its effect on their religious worldview. While it is true that Latinos/as, especially the youth, are accomodating in many ways to the values of

Mestiza Spirituality: Community Ritual and Justice

[The author explores the wealth and complexity that mestiza consciousness and spirituality contribute to the theological enterprise. The mestiza consciousness is grounded in community and promoted through ritual. A sense of justice is passed on through this communal spirituality that acknowledges the diversity of creation and its constant process of becoming. Latina culture, religion, and

Burlando al Opresor: Mocking/Tricking the Oppressor: Dreams and Hopes of Hispanas/Latinas and Mujeristas

[Hispanas/Latinas have turned marginalization into a creative space of struggle. Standing strong in our present day reality, we reach back, gathering wisdom and strength from the struggles of past generations in order to attain a liberative future. Our utopian vision is a critical, liberative, and reflective-action process centered in our daily lived experience that seeks

Imagenes de Dios en el Camino: Retablos Ex-Votos Milagritos Murals

[The author examines the importance of the ancient arts of retablos, ex-votos, and milagros. She suggests how border crossings from Latin America to the United States may be producing new sources and expressions of spirituality and art for Latinos/as living in the United States. This spirituality is deeply rooted in ancient Meso-america and in the

Reviews & Shorter Notices – May 2004

Theologies in the Old Testament Gina Hens-Piazza, pp. 380–381 Deuteronomy and the Meaning of Monotheism Michael Widmer, pp. 381–383 Resurrection in the New Testament: Festschrift J. Lambrecht Richard N. Longenecker, pp. 383–385 Die himmlische Liturgie in der Apokalypse des Johannes: Die frühj üdischen Traditionen in Offenbarung 4–5 unter Einschluss der Hekhalotliteratur Bruce J. Malina, pp.

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