instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

With what can salt be seasoned?

Cathleen Kaveny is a professor of theology and law at Notre Dame, and a contributor to Commonweal Magazine's blog. In a discussion at that blog on the announcement of TEC Bishop Jeffrey Steenson's intention to join the Roman Catholic Church, she writes:
...George Lindbeck was one of my doctoral advisors. He inculcated in all of us a sense of the fundamental unity of all Christian churches as the body of Christ, and the sense that we were called to work for unity from our own point in that body. So I tend to see it as a a very sad thing when someone decides that they can no longer fulfill that call.
I tend to see it as a very sad thing when someone who teaches theology at a Catholic university has been inculcated with an ecclesiology contrary to Catholic doctrine.

What woman having ten coins and losing one would light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she finds it? And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, "Weep with me because the coin that I lost is no longer working for unity from its own point in the house."

It's not that hard. Really, it's not that hard. If you're a Catholic theology professor, then profess Catholic theology.

I know, I know, this is terribly narrow-minded and reactionary of me. Clearly, I prefer purity to charity, and I'm a crypto-Donatist, if that label can be granted to one so uneducated.

Still: If you teach Catholic theology, but you don't teach Catholic theology, what are you doing?