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Notre Dame’s Father McBrien dead at 78

January 26, 2015

Father Richard McBrien, who chaired the University of Notre Dame’s theology department for 11 years, died on January 25 at the age of 78.

While his public influence was significant--not only because of his teaching, but through regular interviews, TV appearances, and a column printed in many diocesan newspapers-- Father McBrien was a lightning-rod for criticism because of his unabashedly liberal views. In 1985 and again in 1996, the Committee on Doctrine of what is now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized the doctrinal deficiencies in his influential work Catholicism.

“While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of and hope for the Church,” said Father John Jenkins, the university’s president. “We pray for eternal rest for his soul.”

 
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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 26, 2015 8:07 PM ET USA

    May he rest in peace. He did cause no end of mischief during his reign, and I found at least one example of sloppy scholarship when he confused Popes Gregory I and Leo I.