People-centered theology?

People-centered theology?

God forbid man-made religion. God forbid any religion that tries to ascertain truth “from the bottom up.” A South African Catholic bishop is in Boston today to speak at Boston College. Bishop Kevin Dowling, the one who said that it’s okay for people with AIDS to use condoms (it would be just too much to ask people to abstain from sex), now says that the Church needs to be more people-centered.

The Catholic church, said Bishop Kevin Dowling, should be “about building the compassionate, caring, people-centered church.” That means developing rules based on what the faithful believe they need rather than imposing rules from above, he said. “We’ve got to continue the process of building a more people-centered and community-centered theology.”