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.
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.
Maguire fires back, sounding like a petulant teenager, complaining that Dolan’s letter was not pastoral enough, by which he presumably means it didn’t kiss his feet and blow sunshine up his behind. So sorry, Dan. Clean out of sunshine and kisses.
More evidence that bishops are showing backbone.
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