Vatican     CARDINAL SAYS BOFF'S IDEAS STILL EXIST, 15 YEARS AFTER SILENCING
15 years after the Vatican silenced a Brazilian theologian for holding that the one true church can exist outside the Catholic Church, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said the idea continues to circulate.
   The cardinal, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, discussed the case of former Franciscan Father Leonardo Boff in a Feb. 27 speech at the Vatican.
   With the approval of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger issued a notification in 1985 describing Father Boff's book "Church: Charism and Power" as a danger to the faith.
   He said: "At a distance of 15 years, it is clearer than it perhaps was then that it was not so much a matter of a single theological author, but of a vision of the church which circulates with different variations and which is still very current today."
   
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    7/3/00

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