The controversial Brazilian theologian, Father Leonardo Boff, said he was asked to change his teachings after four hours questioning at the Vatican on September 7.
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The controversial Brazilian theologian, Father Leonardo Boff, said he was asked to change his teachings after four hours questioning at the Vatican on September 7. Father Boff was questioned by West German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith over his writings and teachings in South America connected with the theology of liberation. After the discussion with Cardinal Ratzinger, Father Boff told waiting reporters he was happy with the outcome, but the Vatican is still to decide what action, if any, to take after the meeting. In a statement issued afterwards, the Vatican said the conversation took place in a fraternal atmosphere. However, the statement also noted that Father Boff's teachings had created difficulties, and the Congregations would study, according to its usual methods, the results of the conversation. Father Boff was accompanied on his visit by two Brazilian archbishops, Archbishop Paulo Arns of Sao Paulo and Archbishop Aloisio Lorscheider of Fortaleza. The meeting between the Brazilian clergymen and Cardinal Ratzinger was seen by many as a test case for the growing popularity of liberation theology, recently criticized by the Pope for its supposed links with Marxism. Liberation theology, which aligns the church with the struggle of the oppressed working classes, was developed in Latin America in the 1960's, and quickly spread to Africa, India, and Philippines and parts of the United States.
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