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Maguire argues for diversity of Catholic views on divisive issues

Maguire argues for diversity of Catholic views on divisive issues

Daniel C. Maguire, author and professor at Marquette University, has had a successful, scandalous career.

Conservatives call Maguire a heretic, and United States bishops condemned him in 2007 for his progressive writings on abortion and same-sex marriage. Yet Maguire’s books remain popular, and he has written more than 150 articles for publications such as The New York Times, USA Today, The Christian Century and The National Catholic Reporter.

Maguire, who teaches moral theological ethics at the Jesuit institution, will give a lecture titled “The Loneliness of the Truth-Teller” at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Hall of Philosophy.

In his teachings and writings, Maguire often discusses how conservative Catholic politics have strayed from Catholic teachings that are actually intended to be good and helpful. His style is lively and humorous, and he is passionate about injustices in the church.

Bible’s message is misinterpreted by clergy opposed to same-sex marriage

Bible’s message is misinterpreted by clergy opposed to same-sex marriage

Maybe President Obama’s motivation for “coming out” and affirming his support for same-sex marriage was politically calculated. Perhaps the president’s statement, as hard as it may be to imagine, had nothing to do with politics. Maybe, the president’s statement supporting an opportunity for a lesbian or gay couple to enter into a legally recognized, binding, civil, marriage covenant and contract was an expression of his true conviction.

But whatever his motivation, President Obama’s statement of support for same-sex marriage is far more genuine than the unholy response of opposition his statement has received from too many clergy. To be sure, the statements of ordained pastors — African-American in ethnicity or otherwise — thundering their opposition based on their view that God, through the Bible, teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman is just not true.