U.S. bishops condemn Maguire's stance on abortion, gay marriage

Theologian claims Catholics can dissent
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.


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