Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian (Moral by Charles E. Curran

By Charles E. Curran

Loyal Dissent is the candid and encouraging tale of a Catholic priest and theologian who, regardless of being stripped of his correct to coach as a Catholic theologian by means of the Vatican, is still devoted to the Catholic Church. Over an almost fifty-year profession, Charles E. Curran has exceptional himself because the so much famous and the main debatable Catholic ethical theologian within the usa. from time to time, he has disagreed with respectable church teachings on matters akin to birth control, homosexuality, divorce, abortion, ethical norms, and the function performed by way of the hierarchical instructing workplace in ethical issues. all through, although, Curran has remained a devoted Catholic, a clergyman operating for the reform of a pilgrim church. His positions, he insists, are regularly in accord with the easiest knowing of Catholic theology and regularly devoted to the great of the church.

In 1986, years of clashes with church gurus eventually culminated in a call by way of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the religion, headed by way of then-Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, that Curran used to be neither compatible nor eligible to be a professor of Catholic theology. because of that Vatican condemnation, he was once fired from his educating place at Catholic collage of the United States and, considering then, no Catholic college has been prepared to rent him. but Curran keeps to protect the potential for valid dissent from these teachings of the Catholic faith―not middle or crucial to it―that are outdoors the area of infallibility. In notice and deed, he has labored in aid of extra educational freedom in Catholic better schooling and for a structural swap within the church that may bring up the position of the Catholic community―from neighborhood church buildings and parishes to the entire baptized humans of God.

In this poignant and passionate memoir, Curran recounts his striking tale from his early years as a compliant, pre-Vatican II Catholic via a long time of educating and writing and a change that has introduced him this day to be well-known as a pacesetter of revolutionary Catholicism through the international.

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X. Murphy’s advice, became the talk of the seminary and the talk of the diocese among the priests, but after a few months I dropped the Latin and began teaching in English. Since I objected to seeing moral theology as dealing only with the minimal or legalistic aspects of sin, I always began my course with a long introduction that portrayed the moral life as the loving response of the Christian to the gift of God in and through the risen Jesus and the Holy Spirit. One year these introductory lectures lasted into March!

In January 1959 Pope John XXIII publicly announced the three steps he was going to take to reform the life of the church—a synod of the Diocese of Rome, a revision of canon law, and an ecumenical council. The synod was a disaster both in its format (there was no real discussion of the issues; those present merely listened to documents that had already been written and approved them) and in its content (no real pastoral plan or insight but merely a bringing together of older church law). Murphy went on to tell me about some of the shenanigans in the Roman Curia, the technical name of the papal bureaucracy, and how its stewards were not going to promote any change in the church.

Meanwhile, a very large crowd had gathered in front of the library, but they were growing restless as the hours dragged on. , O’Boyle announced that the trustees had voted to reverse their decision. McDonald announced that my promotion to associate professor would become effective in September. Then I spoke to the crowd, reminding them that our achievement went beyond the fate of one university professor. We had acted responsibly in our protest and must continue to act responsibly to improve both our university and theological scholarship.

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