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Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian (Moral Traditions) [Paperback]

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Pages   297
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 15, 2006
Publisher   Georgetown University Press
ISBN  1589010876  
EAN  9781589010871  

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"Engrossing, enlightening, salted with humor, poignant, and profoundly inspiring, this memoir recounts the journey of one of the leading theologians of the Catholic Church in this country." —Elizabeth A. Johnson, C. S. J., Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University

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Charles E. Curran, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Rochester, New York, is Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University. He was the first recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for Theology and has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Theological Society. In 2003, Curran received the Presidential Award of the College Theology Society for a lifetime of scholarly achievements in moral theology, and in 2005, Call to Action presented him with its leadership award. He is the author of "Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian, The Moral Theology of Pope John Paul II" and "Catholic Social Teaching, 1891-Present," all published by Georgetown University Press.

Charles E. Curran currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Charles E. Curran has an academic affiliation as follows - Southern Methodist University.

Charles E. Curran has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Moral Traditions
  2. Moral Traditions (Paperback)
  3. Reading in Moral Theology
  4. Readings in Moral Theology

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This was the best book I ever read in my whole life!  May 3, 2007
Ay chiwawa, I love this book!
1 star for the book 's hero  Apr 13, 2007
Curran, applauds himself! How humble, charitable and self loathsome can a "moralist" who disagrees withthe virtue ethics of thou shalt not actually be as some who right him make Curran to be? Persons who write here like he is a rock in the Roman Catholic Church; when you go against Peter you, divide the sense of Christ's meaning of the Church. Most importantly, when it is a disagreement under the premise of 'thou shall not kill' and the underlying presumption of the human ethic overseeing the birth process when the position taken puts the power ethic at the mercy of Mankind. This is foolish as if the human race could see 100% accuracy the outcome of every life or turn of godly omniscence, that even VIF wouldn't work unless God permitted it to remain a part of the mother.

In all cases, then Curran has at the least distanced himself from the heart of the church, that as a Sacred Heart Priest, which should be first in the life of the priest and in the eyes of the faithful.

A priest is not more a social activist than he is authentically adhering to protect the lives of all, implicit or tacitly 'as if,' and he is deciding for those who are blinded in their sin. Even if he says he would not choose it for himself. Priests are inherent of the Kingdom of God first and social ethics, second. When there was a choice Jesus chose the cross; not the high style road of self glorification, and Jesus Christ could have been made King of the fed crowd of thousands, more than once. He is not the like those pagan gods of appetites, but the God of Heart and Right Judgement!

And then, take the time to pray for him.
We need more loyal dissenters  Mar 8, 2007
Fr. Curren is always eloquent and always on target.That he should also have been the victim of Papa Ratzi makes his writing all the more relevant for those of us who are distressed that the reforms of Vatican II have been thwarted by the Curialists. I must read for any reform minded Catholic.
The learned and respected and courageous Catholic priest the Reverend Father Charles Curran, ordained in Rome in 1958, one of the most respected writers, scholars and teachers of CAtholic moral theology, here collects his autobiographical thoughts, as this book is subtitled Memoir of a Catholic Theologian.

This book is necessary reading and meditation for every Roman Catholic practicing in America today, to understand our journey as Church on the way to the Kingdom of Heaven, the ultimate goal of our earthly institution, with all of its faults and glories. I highly recommend especially the final chapters, after he was written all that he had to say clearly and academically regarding his part in the recent history of the Church, and can then simply let go and do what he does best: teaching and preaching insight into the reality of Jesus Christ and the Presence of God's Holy Spirit immanent amongst us. The final chapters are indeed most instructive and consoling for us, members of a Church ever vibrant and living and struggling to realize the Gospel mission given us by Our Lord, Jesus Christ, to understand the message of Christ in our troubled times of turmoil and of war and other immoralities, and to bring the meaning of our commitment to Christ's Kingdom in our lives and world.

Please read this book with great prayerfulness and respect for this incredibly courageous, committed and intelligent American priest and scholar, and gentleman, as he bears strongly the Cross of our Church in the modern world. We have much to learn from his words, and much consoling comfort to draw here from this deep well of wisdom and grace.

It is so good to read those final chapters, in the increase of peace. May they bring you, too, peace and comfort and strength for the hard road ahead, this trail of tears in our exile. May they draw us all of us together to perceive the action of God working amongst us all, to draw us ever closer unto the eternal Kingdom of peace and justice and nonviolent, compassionate love in God's eternal mercy. As Father Curran courageously loves, and forgives, may we too learn to bear the strength to love, and to forgive, to embrace all of our differences and misunderstandings and deep fallibilities, and transcendentally to bear our Pilgrim Church ever onwards to the ultimate and eternal Kingdom of God under the guidance of the teachings and liberating sacramental presence of Jesus Christ and the consoling Holy Spirit.

Read this book as Lectio Divino, and contemplate carefully its lessons. This greatest of American Catholic Moral Theologians is a wonderful and true teacher.
Pacem in terris.
"Loyal Dissent" or "An Overall and Systematic Calling into Question of Traditional Moral Doctrine"?  Jan 14, 2007
Like long hair on young men, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Rod Stewart, and the actor who played Greg Brady, Father Charles Curran is vying for a comeback on the public stage. Now in his 70s, he attempts to justify himself in "Loyal Dissent" (2006). In his magnificent encyclical on moral theology, "Veritatis Splendor," what did Pope John Paul II have to say about moral theology and Curran's work?

"An Overall and Systematic Calling into Question of Traditional Moral Doctrine" (JP II, 1993) or "Loyal Dissent" (Curran, 2006)?

Without naming names, Veritatis Splendor reviewed errors put forth by Father Curran and others. As per its Introduction, "It is no longer a matter of limited and occasional dissent, but of an overall and systematic calling into question of traditional moral doctrine." Veritatis Splendor applauded those who faithfully responded to Vatican II's call for a renewal of moral theology, while acknowledging that there had also "developed certain interpretations of Christian morality which are not consistent with `sound teaching' (2 Tim 4:3)". The Holy Father beautifully restated the Church's moral doctrine, while critiquing errors: "since Apostolic times the Church's Pastors have unambiguously condemned the behaviour of those who fostered division by their teaching or by their actions."

JP II warned that "Certain currents of modern thought have gone so far as to exalt freedom to such an extent that it becomes an absolute, which would then be the source of values". He also warned that constant teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality was under siege, noting the erroneous, dualistic nature of the attack: "This moral theory does not correspond to the truth about man and his freedom....the body, which has been promised the resurrection, will also share in glory.... A doctrine which dissociates the moral act from the bodily dimensions of its exercise is contrary to the teaching of Scripture and Tradition. Such a doctrine revives, in new forms, certain ancient errors which have always been opposed by the Church, inasmuch as they reduce the human person to a `spiritual' and purely formal freedom.... body and soul are inseparable: in the person, in the willing agent and in the deliberate act, they stand or fall together ". JP II reassured us of "the immutability of the natural law" and "the existence of `objective norms of morality' valid for all people of the present and the future, as for those of the past."

Recalling Vatican II, JP II reminded us that we must properly form our conscience: "As the Council affirms: `In forming their consciences the Christian faithful must give careful attention to the sacred and certain teaching of the Church.... the authority of the Church, when she pronounces on moral questions, in no way undermines the freedom of conscience of Christians....The Church puts herself always and only at the service of conscience, helping it to avoid being tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine proposed by human deceit (cf. Eph 4:14), and helping it not to swerve from the truth about the good of man, but rather, especially in more difficult questions, to attain the truth with certainty and to abide in it."

"Loyal Dissent" (Curran, 2006) Must Give Way to "Loyal Assent" (JP II, 1993).

JP II discussed the genuine renewal of moral theology: "authentic theology can flourish and develop only through a committed and responsible participation in and `belonging' to the Church as a `community of faith'....Moral theologians are to set forth the Church's teaching and to give, in the exercise of their ministry, the example of a loyal assent, both internal and external, to the Magisterium's teaching in the areas of both dogma and morality....the fact that some believers act without following the teachings of the Magisterium, or erroneously consider as morally correct a kind of behaviour declared by their Pastors as contrary to the law of God, cannot be a valid argument for rejecting the truth of the moral norms taught by the Church....It is the Gospel which reveals the full truth about man and his moral journey, and thus enlightens and admonishes sinners; it proclaims to them God's mercy, which is constantly at work to preserve them both from despair at their inability fully to know and keep God's law and from the presumption that they can be saved without merit. God also reminds sinners of the joy of forgiveness....Moral theologians, who have accepted the charge of teaching the Church's doctrine, thus have a grave duty to train the faithful to make this moral discernment, to be committed to the true good and to have confident recourse to God's grace....Dissent, in the form of carefully orchestrated protests and polemics carried on in the media, is opposed to ecclesial communion and to a correct understanding of the hierarchical constitution of the People of God. Opposition to the teaching of the Church's Pastors cannot be seen as a legitimate expression either of Christian freedom or of the diversity of the Spirit's gifts".

"I'll Get on My Knees and Pray We Don't Get Fooled Again" (Pete Townshend, 1971)

After Veritatis Splendor, why do we continue to settle for counterfeits? Father Curran remains best known for the dissent which he orchestrated to Humanae Vitae. Opening Humanae Vitae 39 years later, it boggles the mind as to how anyone - particularly one so blessed with intelligence as Father Curran - could possibly miss that encyclical's prophetic nature. The seamless connections it shows between the Church's teachings on the sanctity of human life, marriage and family, and social issues seem to fly over so many heads. To a significant extent, this is the sad and tragic legacy of Father Curran. Thanks to God's mercy, it need not be his fate: "No absolution offered by beguiling doctrines, even in the areas of philosophy and theology, can make man truly happy: only the Cross and the glory of the Risen Christ can grant peace to his conscience and salvation to his life."

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