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USA    ROME INVESTIGATING ANOTHER JESUIT
A Jesuit theologian in the United States has confirmed that he is under investigation by the Vatican for a 'modern interpretation' of role of Christ contained in his book 'Jesus, Symbol of God'.
    Fr Roger Haight, of the Weston Jesuit community in Cambridge, Massachusetts, told the National Catholic Reporter that he had been asked by church officials to refrain from commenting about the investigation.
    The book, published last year by Orbis Press, has been lauded for its presentation of Christ in modern terms. It was a selection of the Catholic Book Club, operated by America Press.
    In 1993 and again in 1996, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, warned that the theology of religious pluralism represents a threat to Roman Catholicism today similar to that of liberation theology in the 1980s.
    Haight, like Jacques Dupuis (another Jesuit under investigation), argues that while Jesus is "normative" for salvation for Christians, other world religions may also offer ways to God and salvation.
    John B. Switzer, a Boston College doctoral candidate and a former student of Haight, said in a review published on the Amazon site: "This work is truly on the cutting edge as it brings Catholic tradition into dialogue with postmodern realities."
   
NCR
14/8/00



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