Religion: Exceptional Goethe

The Rev. Rudolf Goethe was ordained a Roman Catholic priest last week, and the news raised something of a stir throughout the Christian world. The stir was not because Goethe* had been a German Evangelical pastor for more than 40 years, nor because he is 70 years old, though ordinations of septuagenarians to the priesthood are relatively rare. What caused all the flurry was that the Pope had granted Goethe a special dispensation to continue living under the same roof with his wife.

Pastor Goethe's interest in Catholicism began in 1940, while he was serving a prison term for speaking out against...

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