Theologian once disciplined by Archbishop Dolan now claims it is Dolan who ‘betrays Catholic teaching’By
Hollywood and the media would have you believe that Catholic bishops routinely discipline Catholic professors ‘who get out of line.’ But in fact, it is extremely rare for a bishop to discipline any dissident theologian.
Yet, in 2006, Archbishop Dolan (then of Milwaukee) corrected Dan Maguire for claiming that Catholics could support abortion and marriage between couples of the same sex. Maguire had sent two pamphlets titled The Moderate Roman Catholic Position on Contraception and Abortion and A Catholic Defense of Same-Sex Marriage to all 270 bishops in the United States. The USCCB agreed with Archbishop Dolan and corrected Maguire in 2007.
[Note that I said “corrected.” He was not excommunicated.]
So how does Maguire react to the constructive dialogue between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Archbishop Timothy Dolan on how to help the poor while also addressing our debt crisis?
You see, Maguire thinks Dolan’s letter suffers from an “outrage deficit.” The dissident theologian thinks Chairman Ryan should have received a letter full of anger and scorn from Archbishop Dolan.
Why? Well, it could be because Maguire compares Chairman Ryan to a criminal:
Suppose a Catholic thief in the act of robbing the homes of the poor were to proclaim his fervid commitment to “Catholic teaching” against theft… while busily robbing. Would Archbishop Dolan praise the robber for his knowing about and proclaiming Catholic teaching?
But instead of condemning Chairman Ryan, Archbishop Dolan praised the lawmaker for his ‘continued attention to the guidance of Catholic social justice.’ To which Maguire responded by calling Dolan’s correspondence a “love letter” to Chairman Ryan. (!)
This dissident theologian remains a theology professor at Marquette University, a Catholic college in Milwaukee run by the Jesuits. (And you thought the hiring of ousted pro-abortion Senator Russ Feingold at Marquette Law was a fluke.)