Vatican Warning on Austrian Theologian
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a 'notification' regarding difficulties in the works of Austrian theologian Reinhard Messner.
The 6 December issue of L'Osservatore Romano reports that the Congregation sent a formal note to Messner on 30 November, calling his attention to problems with his theological work, and particularly with his treatment of the role of Tradition and the Church magisterium.
The notification was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Archbishop Tarcisio Bertone, the prefect and secretary respectively of the Congregation. It was approved by Pope John Paul II.
Messner, who had been in dialogue with the Congregation since January 1998, has accepted the notification, according to Catholic World News. In it, the Vatican cautioned the theologian about an approach which seemed to reduce the importance of Tradition. The Congregation observed that Messner's writing seemed to favor the Protestant interpretation, 'but here it is presented as Catholic theology'.