News Thanks, US Bishops!
posted by March 23 at 10:34 AMon
It’s not usually a headline that catches my eye…
Bishops Denounce Writings of a Catholic Theologian
I mean, who gives a fuck? The Catholic hierarchy declared jihad on independent Catholic theologians thirty years ago—it began with the soon-to-be-sainted JPII—and it shows no signs of letting up. My Catholic family is convinced that an evil cabal has seized control of the papacy—for only, oh, the second or third time in the last hundred or so years—and is enacting a secret plan to make Lutherans, Episcopalians, and atheists of us all. I’ve pretty much stopped following intra-Catholic disputes because, again, who gives a fuck? But I read the story, and I’m glad I took the time…
The theologian, Daniel C. Maguire, teaches religious ethics at Marquette University, a Jesuit institution in Milwaukee. He is a 75-year-old former priest and a prolific writer, educated at the prestigious Gregorian University in Rome, who has been challenging Catholic teaching on sexuality for years.
Last summer, Mr. Maguire mailed two of his pamphlets, “The Moderate Roman Catholic Position on Contraception and Abortion” and “A Catholic Defense of Same-Sex Marriage” to 270 Catholic bishops. In them, he argued that the Catholic position on these issues was “pluralistic,” and that Catholic theologians through history had taken a variety of acceptable stances on these issues.
The Rev. Thomas G. Weinandy, executive director for the bishops’ doctrine committee, said in an interview, “The big concern was that the pamphlets are written in a very popular and lively style, and from what the bishops knew, they were very widely distributed.”
Well, I hadn’t heard of Maquire or either of his pamphlets until the US bishops took time out of their busy covering-up-for-child-rape schedules to denounce them. Now I’m looking forward to reading “A Catholic Defense of Same-Sex Marriage,” which is available here. Maguire’s other pamphlet, “The Moderate Roman Catholic Position on Contraception and Abortion,” is not yet available online. But it will be shortly now that the US bishops have denounced it.