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Not just the religious PRESS!

For some religious press, a winter of discontent; Journalists at Catholic publications fear chill in wake of a peer's ouster. (Chronicle login: semods4@yahoo.com; pw = speakeasy)

>> Several of the articles criticized by Ratzinger were written by theology professors at Boston College. In recent interviews, the school's president defended his faculty, and the chair of the university's theology department said he would rather resign than ask faculty to rein in their writings.

"There is a concern now about what this means for scholars and writers who are Catholic and what it means for journals of opinion," said university president the Rev. William P. Leahy.

"I know what the answer is for us at BC," he said. "We are not directly linked to the Vatican; we operate under principles of academic freedom; and BC is not going to tell individual faculty they can't write whatever it is that they are working on." <<

So much for the foolish notion that once he became Pope, Ratzinger's extreme views would be moderated because he now represents all Catholics!

BTW, I learned my theology at Boston College (I'm Class of '70) and subscribe to U.S. Catholic...

-- Dave K, Speakeasy Moderator
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(NT) (NT) What else does the Cafeteria serve?

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(NT) (NT) ''Thou shalt look for the open man.'' - Bob Cousy

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That doesn't seem like an endorsement that BC would

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covet. It makes me shake my head in wonder when I think that their views are accurately reflected. It's not surprising. The same thing has happened at many protestant institutions.

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Ratizinger organized the hit squad that purged Hans Kung,

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the most highly regarded Catholic theologian of the second half of the 20th century as well. Not good news. And for all his charm JP2 was the instigator of that bit of business as well as unsympathetic to the church's struggles in Central and South America.

JP2 sat on archbishop Romero and told him to cooperate with those who eventually assassinated him.


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His views are SOOO extreme...

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that millions of Catholics and Christians have been sharing those views for the past two millenia.
Ratzinger opposes a socially progressive movement within the Church which effectively lets views of the public determine the Church's doctrine. The authors were not being true to their faith, and Ratzinger had every right, and duty, to prevent them from espousing their opinions in any Church mouthpiece.

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