Religion: Deliberation at the Vatican

A leftist Latin American theologian faces interrogation

When Father Leonardo Boff completed his doctoral dissertation at the University of Munich 14 years ago, German Theologian Joseph Ratzinger steered it to a publisher. Matters have become more problematic since then. Boff, 45, is now Brazil's leading exponent of "liberation theology," a controversial movement that blends elements of Marxism with Christianity. Ratzinger is a Cardinal, and Pope John Paul's most powerful theological watchdog at the Vatican.

The two men will meet on Sept. 7 at the Vatican, when Ratzinger's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will begin an interrogation of Boff to decide whether...

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