Religion: Boff Silenced

Rome disciplines a scholar

Soon after John Paul II was elected Pope in 1978, he initiated a policy designed to rein in his church's most visible theological dissidents. Among the prime targets: Hans Kung of West Germany and Edward Schillebeeckx of the Netherlands, who had challenged traditional dogmas about both the nature of Christ and the authority of bishops and priests. Kung was forbidden to teach as a Roman Catholic theologian, and Schillebeeckx's writings are still being examined. Last week the Vatican announced a disciplinary step against another scholar, Franciscan Father Leonardo Boff, 46, Brazil's leading advocate of liberation theology. It ordered him not to...

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