Priest's book lands him on Vatican's bad side
A Jesuit theological school has placed a priest on leave because the Vatican says several parts of his award-winning book may contradict church teachings. The school says he is "clarifying" the book.
The Rev. Roger Haight's book, "Jesus Symbol of God," explores the possibility that non-Christians can get to heaven without the help of Jesus. He argues that Jesus is the path to salvation for Christians, but that for non-Christians, God may work in other ways.
The Vatican's position is that salvation comes only through Jesus, who is an unseen savior for non-Christians. The 505-page book, which won first prize in theology from the Catholic Press Assn. and was a selection of the Catholic Book Club, failed to pass an investigation by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope John Paul II's main guardian and enforcer of orthodoxy.
The Rev. Robert Manning, president of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, said the graduate school put Haight on leave because of the Vatican's decision.
Dog beheader ordered to read 'Lassie' books
A man who pleaded guilty to skinning and beheading a dog was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to read the "Lassie" books.
Jason Vincent Revels, 19, of Gastonia, was charged with felony animal cruelty in the November death of his mother's mixed pit bull. Revels was not eligible for jail time under state sentencing rules.
At a hearing Monday, Revels said he blacked out and did not remember killing the dog.
Superior Court Judge Claude Sitton said he did not believe the teen and ordered him to read the "Lassie" books.
The judge also ordered Revels to undergo a psychological evaluation and forbade him to have pets during probation.
Revels, who has prior convictions for assault with a deadly weapon and marijuana possession, told police he killed the dog because his mother told him to get rid of it.