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Catholic Theological Society honors 'married' homosexual scholar

July 19, 2016

The Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) has given its highest award to an openly homosexual scholar who is a partner in a same-sex union.

Orlando Espin, who teaches systematic theology at the University of San Diego, a Catholic institution, received the John Courtney Murray Award. In presenting the award, the CTSA cited him for his work on "colonization, slavery, racism, and prejudice against LGBT persons." In his acceptance speech, Espin thanked and introduced his "husband."

The CTSA has frequently been criticized because of its support for dissident theologians.  The John Courtney Murray Award, in particular, has a history of controversy. The first recipient of that award was Father Charles Curran; in 1986 the Vatican said that Curran could not be considered a Catholic theologian. Other winners of the award whose work has drawn critical scrutiny from the Vatican include Richard McBrien, Margaret Farley, Gregory Baum, and Elizabeth Johnson.


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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jul. 20, 2016 10:37 AM ET USA

    The CTA is demonstrating that it is the Anti-Catholic Theological Society. It has been off the rails for years seeking to remake the Church in its image. It's part of what Han Urs von Balthasaar called the "Anti-Roman Complex."

  • Posted by: KL Flannery - Jul. 20, 2016 8:56 AM ET USA

    The University of San Diego is not a Jesuit institution.