Judgments: Clearance for a Clergyman

Clearance for a Clergyman

It was nearly 2 a.m. when officials emerged from a closed-door meeting in a church near Cape Town, South Africa, last week and presented the good news to a waiting Allan Boesak: he had been cleared of adultery charges and fully reinstated as a minister of the Dutch Reformed Mission Church. The ecclesiastical council's judgment had been anxiously awaited both in South Africa, where Boesak is the most articulate foe of apartheid among the country's "colored" (mixed-race) population, and internationally. He is president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, with a constituency of 50 million Protestants.

Boesak, 38, married and...

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