|Germany||JESUIT CRITICISES ACADEMIC INTERFERENCE BY VATICAN|
A prominent German Jesuit has criticised the way the Vatican appoints professors of theology in German universities.
The Tablet reports that Wolfgang Seibel, former editor-in-chief of the respected Jesuit magazine, Stimmen der Zeit, said that after episcopal vetting the Vatican's approval should be a mere formality.
He described the Vatican's vetting of candidates as "a huge mistrust of the abilities of a local bishop". The procedures applied by the Vatican lacked all fairness and justice in so far as the Vatican never justified its decisions nor gave candidates an opportunity to defend themselves, he said.