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Father Curran in Newsweek: Church should ordain women, change numerous teachings

June 08, 2010

Father Charles Curran, the priest of the Diocese of Rochester whose dissent from Catholic teaching led to his removal from a Catholic University teaching position in 1986 at the behest of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, has reiterated his support for homosexuality, contraception, and divorce in the June 5 issue of Newsweek.

Ignoring the worldwide surge in seminarians-- the number increased from 63,882 in 1978 to 117,024 in 2008-- Father Curran, now 76 and a professor of human values at Southern Methodist University, says that clerical celibacy has led to a loss of priestly vocations. He concludes by calling for “rewriting the celibacy laws as an initial edit-- a change on the way to redressing the multitude of other needed reforms,” including the ordination of women.


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  • Posted by: FredC - Jun. 09, 2010 10:52 AM ET USA

    We need to storm heaven with our prayers for Fr. Curran. He is near the end of his life.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 09, 2010 10:45 AM ET USA

    How can Curran remain a priest in good standing?

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jun. 08, 2010 12:53 PM ET USA

    Would it be tactless to suggest that Fr. Curran is the Helen Thomas of the Catholic Church?

  • Posted by: michaelwilmes - Jun. 08, 2010 12:50 PM ET USA

    I read Curran's piece via the link provided. Interesting that he points out how great the loss of Catholics over the last thirty years. The only problem (and Charley doesn't see it) is the fact that it was HIS "team" that was the cause of the mass exodus. As a 46 year-old cradle Catholic I consider myself DAMN lucky to get out of school with my faith spite of all the drivel his ilk was trying to cram down my throat. They had 40 years. And lost. Thanks be to God.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 08, 2010 11:14 AM ET USA

    When is Father? Curran going to realize he is ancient history. Unfortunately, unlike ancient history he is boring.

  • Posted by: - Jun. 08, 2010 9:34 AM ET USA

    I'll bet the Methodists think they're lucky to have him!

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  • Posted by: Frodo1945 - Jun. 08, 2010 8:14 AM ET USA

    Newsweek doesn't print news, ,it prints tabloid stuff for it's few remaining subscribers. It would be real news if Fr. Curran announced that he was for celibacy and against the ordination of women. It is nor worth the effort to pay attention to either Newsweek or Fr. Curran.