importance,' says Boff
BRAZILIAN theologian Leonardo Boff has said Vatican criticism of his writing is "of little importance" to him.
Franciscan Fr Hoff, questioned again recently by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said he tries to keep his sense of humour when the Vatican criticizes his writings.
"I suffer continuous interpolations and control, but I try to maintain a Franciscan spirit of joviality, knowing that the little controversies the Vatican raises against me have no bearing on the great questions of theology and the church today," Fr Boff told the Sao Paulo daily, Folha de E...o Paulo.
"That is why it's of little importance to me. I only hurt myself, because it robs me of my time and occasionally of my tranquillity when I have to explain myself and make the authorities at the Vatican understand.
The Vatican has asked the Brazilian bishops' conference to analyse some of Fr Boff's recent writings in which he critised the centralisation of power within the church.
From April 1985 to March 1986, Fr Boff was barred from lecturing and writing on theology after the Vatican declared his book, Church: Charism and Power, contained views that "endanger the sound doctrine of the faith."
Fr Boff said that from August until December 1989, he agreed under pressure not to travel or grant interviews outside Brazil.
He said he agreed to the conditions with his provincial "to calm Rome, to quiet them" and to be allowed to continue teacning at the Institute of Theology in Petropolis, Brazil.
When Folha da Sao Paulo asked Fr Boil about his relations with the Vatican, he responded: "I do my work, I do my theology. They have a problem with me: I never have a problem with Rome."