Thursday, August 24, 2006

Archbishop Dolan vs. Disoriented Theologian

Curt Jester has an interesting exhange up on his blog, between Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Milwaukee diocese, and Dr. Daniel McGuire - professor of theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. H/T to Domenico Bettinelli Jr. who has written about some of Dr. McGuire's opinions, which counter Catholic teaching, among other things as Bishop Dolan points out. You gotta love the prop-picture given to Bishop Dolan by the Jester. I'll bring it you here, and you can pick up the rest of it at his website.

Dom's lead in gives you the background:

Recall Dr. Daniel Maguire, a Catholic professor at Marquette University who has been a consistent advocate of abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and pretty much everything else contrary to Catholic moral teaching. He was a lead defender of Michael Schiavo’s successful drive to kill his wife, Terri, and most recently was lobbying Congress in favor of same-sex marriage in June.

Now, via Jeff Miller, we see that Archbishop Timothy Dolan has given the episcopal smackdown to Maguire’s latest self-important missive that he circulated to the bishops.

August 24, 2006

Your opinions are totally at odds

Dear Professor Maguire,

As the bishop of the archdiocese where you reside, I am obliged to reply to your circular form-letter, sent to the bishops of the country on June 19, 2006.

The opinions expressed in the two pamphlets enclosed in that correspondence are totally at odds with clear Church teaching. Sacred Scripture, the Magisterium, and Natural Law are consistent in opposition to abortion and so-called same-sex marriage.

You speak of your duty to dissent. Well, at least call it such. To claim that support for abortion and same-sex "marriage" is consonant with Catholic moral teaching is preposterous and disingenuous.

I, too, have a duty: to teach what the Church clearly believes. Your opinion on these two matters is contrary to the faith and morals of the Church.

Faithfully in Christ,


Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Continue reading the rest of Jesters followup, with McGuire's response to the letter from Bishop Dolan. You will also find more links within his blog pertaining to this issue.

A red-hat award to Bishop Dolan, please, for exercising his duty to teach!