Religion: Magna Carta for Theology

Almost every other day, it seems, Pope Paul issues a new admonition against Roman Catholic priests, bishops and laymen whom he considers to be flirting with heresy for their challenge to the magisterium of Rome. Last week, 38 leading theologians answered the Pope by releasing a statement that demanded, in effect, a Magna Carta of intellectual freedom in the church.

The statement, which will be sent to Pope Paul for his consideration, was signed by some of the most respected theological minds of Roman Catholicism. They included Switzerland's Hans Kung, the Dominicans' Edward...

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