Catholic thinker rejects Vatican demand for rewrite

Article criticizes Vatican's attitute toward other churches
A prominent Roman Catholic theologian in Poland has rejected a demand from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he retract and rewrite an article criticizing its attitude toward other Christian churches.

“It’s another sad story about how Rome sends out condemnations of theologians,” said Waclaw Hryniewicz, a founding member of an international commission for theological dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic churches.

“I was told disciplinary sanctions would be imposed on me if I did not recall and renounce my unfair, unjust and disrespectful language about the congregation. I do not know what this means—maybe just a publishing ban or excommunication for disobedience,” said Hryniewicz in an interview.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith defends theological orthodoxy. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, once headed the body.

 

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