Roman Catholics: Clear It with the Vatican

"Even today the spirit of the Inquisition and unfreedom has not died out," said the Rev. Hans Küng, dean of the Roman Catholic theological faculty at Germany's Tübingen University, in a lecture on "The Church and Freedom" that he delivered across the U.S. last spring. Such polemics, directed at conservative Italians in the Roman Curia, drew big, interested crowds—3,000 at Boston College, 5,000 in Chicago, 6,000 in San Francisco. The Jesuit-run St.Louis University gave Küng an honorary doctorate of laws, hailing himas "a man of vision."

Many clerics firmly believe that youthful Theologian Küng's criticisms denigrate some venerable,...

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