U.S. Bishops Condemn Maguire's Stance on Abortion, Gay Marriage
The U.S. Catholic bishops have denounced as "irresponsible" and "false teaching" a Catholic theologian's claim that Catholics are able to dissent from the hierarchy's opposition to contraceptives, same-sex marriage and abortion. Daniel C. Maguire, a professor of moral theology at Marquette University, has written pamphlets that are "erroneous and incompatible with the church's teaching," the bishops said in a statement released March 22.
"We deplore as irresponsible his public advocacy of his views as authentic Catholic teaching," the bishops said. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, a spokesperson for the bishops, said the denunciation carries the full weight of the U.S. bishops.
Such condemnations are "not unheard of, but they don't happen every week," Walsh said. The U.S. bishops supported the Vatican's condemnation of Jesuit theologian Roger Haight in 2005 and "expressed concern" over priest-professor Richard McBrien's book Catholicism in 1996, according to Walsh.
Maguire, 75, said in an interview that he's been disputing the Catholic hierarchy's views on sexuality since 1968, when Pope Paul VI issued his encyclical Humanae Vitae, which opposed artificial birth control.
The bishops practice "theology in a cocoon. They're out of touch with mainstream theologians," he said. A tenured professor at the Jesuit institution in Milwaukee, Maguire said he does not expect to be punished by the school. …