Benedict has been present for most of the synod’s deliberations thus far, including the hour set aside for “free discussion” at the end of each day. That hour was set aside at Benedict’s request for the 2005 synod, and has now become a part of the event’s formal structure.
Fr. Bryan Massingale of Marquette University, President-elect of the Catholic Theological Society of America, acknowledged that sometimes exegetes and theologians struggle to stay on the same page -- not, for the most part, because of ill will or intellectual disagreements, but rather the compartmentalized nature of the academy these days.
"As theology becomes more and more specialized, we need to create opportunities in which theologians and exegetes can pursue collaborative projects,"Massingale said in a telephone interview this afternoon.
Massingale said one such initiative is already underway at Marquette: a new inter-disciplinary seminar titled "Theological Interpretation of Scripture."
"We may still run into disagreements over what constitutes theological interpretation of the Bible,"Massingale said, "but at least there's the beginnings of a conversation."
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