June 12th, 2007

What Is A Theologian?

Theological Notebook: Bryan Massingale to head CTSA; John Allen on CTSA Annual Meeting

Wow! My boss from the other year, the ethicist Fr. Bryan Massingale, was just this past weekend, at the annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America in Los Angeles, elected as its Vice President. The Vice President automatically moves on to become President-Elect and then President of this professional association, so this election is in many ways more about being elected the President of the CTSA, which is a fairly big deal, and a great honour for him. Which works, because he's awesome.

John Allen had been covering this year's CTSA convention, which was over this weekend in Los Angeles. The final presidential address I'd been talking over with Barnes, about the CTSA – or just theologians in general – having come to have had an "adversarial role" as the dominant identity-myth of theologians since the Modernist Crisis when the hierarchy got enthusiastically aggressive in its confronting some theologians. That's about a century ago now, but still recently enough to have an historical effect of this sort. I think my generation certainly seems to be tired of that dichotomous view and is looking to move on.

9:51am, 10th June 2007: CTSA: Group should stop criticizing Vatican, bishops, president says
4:21pm, 9th June 2007: CTSA: Latin American bishops flag poverty, ecology and indigenous peoples
12:11pm, 9th June 2007: CTSA: Accountability for bishops takes center stage (Susan Wood is one of my dissertation committee members, and is a sharp ecclesiologist.)
9:36am, 9th June 2007: CTSA: Bishops urged to prudence in public proclamations
9:28pm, 8th June 2007: CTSA: Four bishops on being a bishop: 'It ain't easy'
4:40pm, 8th June 2007: CTSA: Accountability and the sex abuse crisis
3:55pm, 8th June 2007: CTSA: Asians say their interest is mission, not church
12:56pm, 8th June 2007: CTSA: Interview with Bishop William Skylstad
12:04pm, 8th June 2007: CTSA: Lutheran finds "incoherence" in Catholic teaching on ministry, ecumenism
5:18am, 8th June 2007: CTSA: Mahony accents 'autonomy and integrity' of theology
4:37pm, 7th June 2007: CTSA Backgrounder: The pastoral letter on women that never was
4:38pm, 7th June 2007: CTSA: Bishops opt for 'Hallmark card ecclesiology' on minorities, theologian says