From THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/19/86. "VATICAN STRIPS THEOLOGIAN'S
CREDENTIALS FOR HIS DISSENT. The Vatican on Monday (81/18) stripped the
Rev. Charles Curran, a leading liberal sexual ethicist, of his stays as an
official theologian. He is no longer suitable or eligible to teach Catholic
"The decision was approved by Pope John Paul II on July 10.
"Curran has been under investigation since 1979 by the Vatican's Sacred
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - formerly known as the
Inquisition - for publicly dissenting from the church's official position
on abortion, contraception, masturbation, premarital intercourse and
"A statement by Archbishop Hickey of Washington said Curran would be
granted due process in the proceedings."
From THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/21/86. "THEOLOGIAN VOWS TO FIGHT VATICAN.
Curran says he is undecided on appeal to school or court. Curran further
stated he has as tenured contract with Catholic University and that he and
his attorney believe the contract allows him to teach theology."
From THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/23/86. "SCHOLARS SUPPORT, OUSTED PROFESSOR. He
has some support, mostly quiet, among Roman Catholic bishops.
"Rev. Richard McBrien, head of the theology department of Notre Dame,
says the Curran case is puzzling because he is `singled out and punished
form taking positions taken by many other moral threologians. If similar
restraints were applied to other Catholic institutions, they would stand to
lose many, if not all, of their moral thelogians and many other factulty
"However, Washington's Catholic University has a particular status as a
`pontifical' university, thus being under oversight of the church
hierarchy, unlike other U.S. Catholic colleges.
"Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago proposed a compromise that Curran
stay in his post but not teach sexual ethics. This was rejected by the
Vatican, although several scholarly groups had also recommended this
From THE ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/25/86. "VATICAN OUSTER COULD DRIVE AWAY
TEACHERS. Appearing with Curran on NBC-TCV's MEET THE PRESS, Archbishop
John Foley said thsat Curran's opposition to the normal Catholic teaching
on birth control and abortion has meant some `scandal is given and
confusion is sown' among church members.
"Curran indicated he is still prepared to fight the ouster."
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