Dissent

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

A new "crisis" now grips American Catholics. The popular professor of moral theology at Catholic University, one of the most esteemed in the United States, the Reverend Charles Curran, has been informed that Pope John Paul II rejects some of his approaches to questions of sexual ethics. The Vatican has specifically cited some of Father Curran's [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

Rather than stating a thesis on the matter of Charles Curran vs. the Vatican, I will point to some logical categories and distinctions, which may aid understanding. I am emboldened to speak thus because it has been my duty for many years to wrestle with issues akin to those raised by the Curran affair, and [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

Bertrand Russell once observed dryly that religion could not be taken seriously as truth until it showed itself to be self-correcting, like science. Had Russell been more sympathetic to the whole Judeo-Christian tradition, he would have had to acknowledge its steady development of thought about faith and morals. But part of his intuition was correct: [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

Whatever you may have heard, or thought, please be assured that there are no similarities between the case of Charles Curran and the case of Galileo Galilei. Whatever similarities there are, are superficial, not significant. The Galileo case occurred 'way back, in the pre-Vatican II church. Someone may rashly claim a resemblance between Galileo's meeting [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has asked Father Charles Curran of Catholic University to "reconsider and to retract those positions which violate the conditions necessary for a professor to be called a Catholic theologian." Unless he does so, he will be unable to continue teaching theology at C.U., in accordance with [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

Fading the material contained in Cardinal Ratzinger's communication of September 25, 1985, bearing the protocol number 48/66 of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reminded me of a noble effort made by the late Cardinal Cooke to deal with dissent from Church teaching especially as this concerned the enterprise of religious education. [...]

Dissent in the Church

What are the proper roles and limits of dissent? What are the demands of orthodoxy? These have become, once again, basic questions for all Catholics. "No longer can we speak about the perennial theology or the perennial philosophy," writes one distinguished American Catholic theologian, whose work and practice I very much ad­mire. "There are many [...]

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