The Dutch Roman Catholic theologian, Edward Schillebeeckx, who was formally cleared by the Vatican of doctrinal error earlier this month, has told a reporter that he believes the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith still regards him with suspicion. The theologian, who was questioned about his understanding of Christ's divinity, currently is writing a book that he expects may get him into further trouble. The book argues that lay people should have the right to choose their priests, as was done in the first 1,000 years of the church, rather than be subject to orders of bishops.
John H. Buchanan, who was defeated in his bid to return to Congress, will continue to be a familiar figure on Capitol Hill as a lobbyist for the Southern Baptist Convention.
A new book has disclosed that one of Roman Catholicism's most revered saints, St. Teresa of Avila, was part Jewish.According to recently published documents, both the father and grandfather of the 16th century Spanish saint were Jews who underwent the Spanish Inquisition ceremony of being "reconciled" to the Catholic faith. St. Teresa's forebears, wealthy silk merchants, then obtained certificates of "pure and noble blood" to mask the family's origins in a nation, which at that time, was preoccupied with racial purity.
Stanley Rader has resigned his post as treasurer of the California-based Worldwide Church of God, but he continues as attorney for the church and personal aide to the controversial head of the church, Dr. Herbert W. Armstrong. Rader, who some speculated was destined to succeed Armstrong as head of the scandal-ridden church, denied that this was the case. "I do not expect anyone to succeed Mr. Armstrong," Rader said in a full-page advertisement he took in The Los Angeles Times to announce his resignation.
Sister Mary Charlotte Marshall, principal of St. Benedict the Moor School here, has been elected superior general of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. She will assume her new duties at the end of the school year in June.
The Rev. William R. Murry is the new minister of River Road Unitarian Church, 6301 River Rd., Bethesda. He has served churches in Bloomington, Ind., and has taught religion at Goucher College in Baltimore, Drury College in Springfield, Mo., and the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
The Rev. Thomas F. Lynch, who has been family life and pro-life director of the Diocese of Bridgeport, is the new family life representative in the Department of Education of the United States Catholic Conference.