|USA||THEOLOGIAN SAYS PAPACY WILL NEVER RELINQUISH GLOBAL ROLE|
Respected Jesuit theologian Fr Avery Dulles has said the expanded global role exercised by the papacy in recent times has been necessary to meet the conditions of the modern world.
Although Catholics who advocate a return to the more limited papal activity in the medieval and patristic periods call themselves progressives, actually they are 'nostalgic and anachronistic,' he said in a lecture on 'The Papacy for a Global Church.'
Delivering the spring McGinley Lecture at Fordham University March 22, Father Dulles said the papacy 'will never go back' to the status it had before the developments brought by the First and Second Vatican Councils.
Meanwhile 34 US Catholic bishops have called for reductions in the country's military budget, and for the redirection of funds to health care, education and tax relief for the nation's poorest citizens.
The bishops and members of several Catholic organisations launched 'Bread Not Stones: A National Catholic Campaign to Redirect Military Spending' at a news conference on Thursday in Washington. Represented by Bishop Walter F. Sullivan of Richmond, Va., and Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit, the 34 bishops urged the nation's 64 million Catholics to take an active part in the campaign.