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Haight mail

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 08, 2005

Today's Osservatore Romano carries a blistering "Notification" -- dated 13 December 2004 -- concerning the work of a New York Province Jesuit, Fr. Roger Haight, S.J. "Grave doctrinal errors against the divine and Catholic faith of the Church" are identified in Haight's book Jesus Symbol of God in the areas of theological methodology, the pre-existence of the Word, the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, the salvific value of the death of Jesus, the unicity and universality of Jesus and the Church, and the Resurrection of Jesus. The Notification, signed by Cardinal Ratzinger and Archbishop Amato of the CDF, and carrying a declaration that it was approved by Pope John Paul II, concludes thus:

As a consequence (of the aforementioned errors), the author is forbidden the teaching of Catholic theology until such time as his positions are rectified so as to be in full conformity with the Church's doctrine.

Haight, formerly a professor at the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA, is currently listed as a teacher of theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York.

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  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 11, 2005 1:54 PM ET USA

    Its nice that their draining the swamp with thimbles back at the origin of the Tiber but we'd like to see a little more Pontifical Smackdown from the top turnbuckle for those of us suffering the preaching, prancing and poaching over here in the North American Garden of Eden. Cardinal Pell? Is he playing out his option year?

  • Posted by: Pseudodionysius - Feb. 11, 2005 1:51 PM ET USA

    Hoo baby. Can't wait till Weston Jesuit School of Criminology merges with Barely Catholic (Boston Collage for all you art history buffs) and creates a breakfast cereal -- which do you like? Count Chocula or Frankenberry? Neckbolts or fangs; tough choice.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2005 5:22 PM ET USA

    Actually, seminaries aren't under Ex Corde Ecclesiae. They had similiar requirements in effect while the US bishops were mulling over what to do with ECC. I'm sure he had signed whatever he needed to signed, however nuanced he intended it.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2005 11:06 AM ET USA

    Does that mean he loses his mandatum? Or, is that why his superiors never bothered to demand/request he get one? Or, is that why the American hierarchy never bothers to recognize/acknowledge the mandatum anyway?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 08, 2005 10:59 AM ET USA

    Not surprisingly he will continue to "teach" and the Jesuit Superiors will continue to back him. St. Ignatius pray for them!

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