I sam posting this notice in this forum because some of the clear statements of the Vatican on what is wrong with his theology and thus he can no longer call himself a “Catholic theologian”;
After a five-year investigation, the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation said it had found “serious doctrinal errors” in the work of U.S. Jesuit theologian Father Roger Haight and forbade him to teach as a Catholic theologian.
The Vatican’s critique focused on Father Haight’s 1999 book, “Jesus Symbol of God,” which explored the themes of Christ’s divinity, the resurrection, the Trinity and salvation for non-Christians.
A lengthy notification summing up the investigation’s conclusions was published by the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, in its Feb. 7-8 edition. The notification, dated Dec. 13, was signed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; a note said Pope John Paul II had approved the notification and ordered its publication.
The doctrinal congregation said Father Haight’s book contained “serious doctrinal errors against the Catholic and divine faith of the church.”
“As a consequence, the author is forbidden to teach Catholic theology until his positions have been rectified in such a way as to be in full conformity with the doctrine of the church,” the notification said.
Contacted by telephone in New York, Father Haight said, “I’m not going to comment at all” on the Vatican document.
The notification said Father Haight’s assertion that Catholic theology must be “in dialogue” with the modern world leads him to downplay or deny central teachings of the church, including that:
– The Word of God existed from all eternity.
– The Word was made flesh in Jesus Christ.
– Jesus was divine.
– Salvation is offered to all humanity through Jesus.
– The Son and the Spirit are separate persons within the Trinity, not simply “metaphors” for actions of the one God.
The congregation also criticized Father Haight’s assertion that “because of modern pluralistic consciousness,” one cannot continue to affirm that Christianity is a superior religion or that Christ is the centerpiece of God’s plan for salvation.