Fr. Jerry Pokorsky: The Shortage of Theologians

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Stained-glass window depicting a young Jesus teaching in the Temple in Jerusalem during Passover, from Luke 2: 40-52 (Sep., 2020). Unsplash

By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, April 24, 2023

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. …

Theologians study and contemplate Divine Revelation under the watchful eye of the Church. Good theologians emulate Mary, who pondered the words of the Angel Gabriel after the Annunciation (cf. Lk. 2:19). Theology considers the marriage of faith and reason, and God’s Revelation and our understanding. Theological studies unlock the mysteries of doctrinal expressions for application to our particular circumstances. We need more faithful theologians.

The conversation of Jesus with His disciples on the Road to Emmaus after His Resurrection illustrates an essential theological method. Jesus responds to their discouragement and gently chides them for their deficient theology: “He said to them, ‘O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” (Lk. 24:25-27) …

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