Charles Curran Makes a Confession
Fr. Charles Curran has failed as a Catholic theologian. He knows hes failed. And he wants us to know hes failed. More importantly, he wants us to know that he knows hes failed.
How does Fr. Curran say hes failed? Is it by publicly dissenting against Bl. Pope Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae in the 1960s with his statement that spouses may responsibly decide according to their conscience that artificial contraception in some circumstances is permissible and indeed necessary to preserve and foster the value and sacredness of marriage? Well, no.
Is it by insisting in the 1970s that the official hierarchical Roman Catholic teaching should accept the moral value and goodness of same-sex relationships and that homosexual actions between committed partners are in a true sense objectively good? Sorry, no.
Is it by promoting a host of other errors and ambiguities, as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) put it, in the 1980s, such as his rejection of the Churchs judgments on the immorality of masturbation, abortion, homosexual acts, and premarital sex? Or his denial of the Churchs basic competency to teach definitively on moral issues, the existence of intrinsically evil acts, the indissolubility of marriage, the all-male priesthood, and the possibility that any single moral choice can be mortally sinful? Nope.
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New Oxford Notes: September 2016
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|Fr. Curran could have saved a lot of ink by simply declaring himself to be a gender neutral, black and thus all of his reflections would not need to be labeled as being written from a white privileged point of view and thus written purely from his deepest, intellectual understanding at the time they originated. this would satisfy all critics including himself.
||Posted by: pescher
September 07, 2016 12:12 PM EDT
|Words have no color. Not one of us has seen Truth, the man Himself. But, we believe the words He spoke. How soothing to the ego are academic freedoms. What's the one about, 'it's not what goes in that is evil, but what comes out' [my paraphrasing]? Who has been given more and, therefore, must be more careful of spoken words? To the one who been given much, is it blaspheming the Holy Spirit to scatter the flock? Maybe included in those Words of mercy, 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do', is mercy for those who do not choose their words wisely. For this, we pray.
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September 07, 2016 03:06 PM EDT
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