Theology Prof: Bishops in “Moral Schism.”
Daniel Maguire, the theology professor at Marquette University, seems to like getting media attention. He certainly gets it… often! And his friends in the media are more-than-willing accomplices.
Last month, Maguire wrote in an email to The Daily Beast. “The bishops will stand with Dolan and the U.S. Catholic Conference, but on this issue, they are in moral schism since most in the Church have moved on [to] a more humane view on the rights of those whom God has made gay.”
Now, a month later, having been out of the news for a while, he’s quoted in The Columbus Dispatch: “There’s a moral schism going on in the Catholic [C]hurch, and the bishops are the schismatics, broken from the laity and theologians.”
Such breaks often lead to membership upticks for other faiths, he reportedly said. “As long as the bishops are behaving this way, there are going to be more Unitarians.”
Perhaps the Unitarians might be interested in a theology professor as well?
Maguire is a former priest who reportedly once called partial birth abortion “a necessary procedure.” He’s endorsed same-sex “marriage.” He’s attacked the bishops and reportedly called them “moral heretics” for their opposition to the HHS mandate.
As you might imagine, that got him some headlines.
In 2007, the bishops declared as “false teaching” two pamphlets by Maguire which argued that abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage are morally permissible under Catholic doctrine, according to the New York Times.