I hope that you don't take this thread in the wrong way.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I begin my M.A. in Theology program next fall at Franciscan University of Steuebenville.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It is my ultimate hope to teach theology at a Catholic university or college.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š However, I might also teach theology at a Catholic high school.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Whatever the case, I plan to teach at a Catholic school.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Now, I say "plan" because I am aware that the next two years will be a time of great spiritual challenge and change, and that my planning my change depending on new circumstances.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
While at Franciscan, I plan to attend a nearby OCA parish in order to get better acquainted with the Orthodox church through its worship.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š At the same time, I hope to study Western theology so as to get better acquainted with my roots, and to see for myself the truth of the matter about Roman Catholicism.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Right now I am leaning more in the direction of Orthodoxy than Roman Catholicism.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š However, I cannot in good conscience jump over to the Orthodox Church without a firmer conviction, which I might gain by studying Western theology, doctrinal developments, etc.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Since Franciscan University of Steuebenville is very concerned with following what the Roman Catholic Church really teaches, I will be in a better position to compare Orthodoxy with Roman Catholicism (as taught from the Vatican).ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
Enough of this preface.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š My basic question is: if I do indeed become a teacher at a Catholic school, and if I decide to convert to Orthodoxy, would I still be able to teach in some capacity at a school with Roman Catholic affiliations?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Now, I understand that there are many variables.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š If I teach at a Catholic high school, I am almost certain that I would not be able to teach theology there if I become Orthodox.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š But what if I become a theology professor at a Catholic university which is not strongly committed to teaching everything as taught by the Vatican?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Would I be able to continue teaching courses on Western theology if I taught the material as the perspective of the Catholic Church, and not necessarily as the truth?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
Does anybody here know of an Orthodox Christian who teaches theology at a non-Orthodox school?ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I know that Jaroslav Pelikan converted to Orthodoxy, but is he still teaching at Yale? I am by no means comparing myself with Jaroslav Pelikan! Right now I am far less wise than that man; but I do desire to teach others, and with a good conscience.
My future plans are subject to change, but I like to plan ahead for the many possibilities which are before me.ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I also have thought about the priesthood, but I first need to determine what I truly believe to be true before making any decision on thatÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š