Religion: Theologian on Trial

It may come to pass that one of the best-known and most creative theologians in the Roman Catholic Church will have to stand trial for doctrinal error, an accusation not far short of heresy. Dominican Father Edward Schillebeeckx, the principal theological adviser to the Dutch hierarchy, has been under investigation by Rome. According to a Vatican source, the charges concern "certain apparent errors in his teachings and writings, aspects of which do not seem to conform to norms established by the church."*

Schillebeeckx (pronounced shill-a-bakes) is an ardent advocate of change and renewal within...