the US Bishops are becoming rather more vigilant than in the past. Who’d have thought that we would ever see the day when the US Bishops Conference Doctrinal Committee actually issued a condemnation of a “Catholic” theologians erroneous assertions about Catholic doctrine? Yet that is just what has happened over Marquette University professor Daniel Maguire’s pamphlets on contraception, abortion and same-sex marriage. According to this Zenit report, in these pamphlets Professor Maguire has stated that “there is no authentic Church teaching that is binding on all members of the Catholic Church,” and that neither pro-choice or pro-life “is more Catholic than the other.”
Well, a pretty binding and Catholic response has come from the Bishops, who declared that
despite his claims to authority as a Catholic theologian, the views of Professor Maguire on contraception, abortion, and same-sex ‘marriage’ are not those of the Catholic Church and indeed are contrary to the Church’s faith.”
It seems that the patience of the Church with dissenters is wearing thin in places.