Renewing the conversation between faith and science

This article, as well as the two posted recently by Elizabeth Johnson, I think constitute a response by the sisters to the action taken by Cardinal Muller of the CDF.  Many of you may have read the author’s book, The Emergent Christ.  In their own way, I think they are quietly showing us that the CDF may huff and puff as much as they want but the sisters always have and will continue to show us how to follow Jesus.   This particular article was written as a specific response to the CDF questioning “conscious evolution.”   As someone who worked professionally in the field of science all my life, I find the ideas in this article to be spot on.   Now for the boys in red to open their ears and listen.  Many folks commenting on blogs keep asking why Francis, who seems to be more in line with the sister’s vision of church, doesn’t do something about Muller.  I think he may be just letting some of these guys make fools of themselves.  And Muller certainly seems to have done that.   It may be uncomfortable for the sisters who are the brunt of this and for us who think the church seems to be speaking with really divided messages.  In the end, I think Francis wants change to be about true change of heart.  If he acts as the big club, what does that change and how quickly will that kind of change be undone by the next person in his position?  Just had to throw my two cents in……Reyanna

By Ilia Delio, May 8, 2014, National Catholic Reporter On-Line, Global Sisters Project

In his recent conversation with leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Cardinal Gerhard Muller, Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), expressed a concern about the LCWR focusing attention on the concept of conscious evolution, a concept fundamental to the work of Barbara Marx Hubbard who addressed the LCWR assembly in 2012. Cardinal Müller said that “such an intense focus on new ideas such as conscious evolution has robbed religious of the ability truly to sentire cum Ecclesia (to think with the Church and embrace its teachings).”

He continued: “The fundamental theses of conscious evolution are opposed to Christian Revelation and, when taken unreflectively, lead almost necessarily to fundamental errors regarding the omnipotence of God, the incarnation of Christ, the reality of Original Sin, the necessity of salvation and the definitive nature of the salvific action of Christ.”  (To continue reading the article click here.)


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2 Responses to Renewing the conversation between faith and science

  1. Arline Schoenberger says:

    Reyanna, what about acting like grown up women? So “big brother” or daddy isn’t happy with something we’re doing. So be it. My parents and I didn’t always see eye to eye all the time, didn’t mean we didn’t love one another. There comes a time when you have to just go with what you know to be true, regardless of who doesn’t like it. Religious women have kept up educationally with the sciences and theology. There are times they seem light years ahead of the clergy. We only have to look at Jesus, didn’t He run into the same thing?

    • Reyanna Rice says:

      Oh, I agree….I think this is the conflict we are seeing in reforming the church at the present moment. I do believe it is going to change but it will probably not be a pretty series of events that gets it there. I think now is a time more than ever to trust where the Holy Spirit…that She…is leading us.

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