A knock-down-drag-out between bishops and theologian, so what else is new?
[The bishops’] statement faults [Sister Elizabeth] Johnson for treating language about God in the Bible and in church tradition as largely metaphorical, implying that truth about God is essentially unknowable.
Even if mysteries such as the Trinity and the Incarnation can never be fully grasped, the statement says, they can nevertheless be known.
While Johnson bases part of her argument on early church fathers, according to the statement, her position actually has more in common with Immanuel Kant and Enlightenment skepticism.
It’s called ecclesiastical pushing the envelope. Keeps us on our toes.