Book critique did not question Johnson's honour

May 23, 2011
Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

The critique by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine of a Fordham University theologian's popular book was not meant to question the "dedication, honour, creativity or service" of her work, said a letter to faculty members at the university.

Written by Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat for Doctrine, the letter was sent April 28, 10 days after 179 Fordham faculty members offered their unconditional support to author Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a theology professor at Fordham.

It was Johnson's 2007 book, Quest for the Living God, that was criticized by the committee for having "misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors" related to the Catholic faith.