Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Three Cheers for Bishop Farrell

Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has issued a statement criticizing an upcoming lecture by Father Charles Curran, a priest of the Diocese of Rochester and leading dissenter from Catholic moral teaching. The onetime Catholic University of America professor now serves as a professor at Southern Methodist University.

According to a university announcement, Father Curran will criticize “the bishops of the US for claiming too much certitude for their position on abortion.”

“I wish to point out that the bishops of the US have never changed their position on the question of abortion,” Bishop Farrell responded. “The act of taking an unborn human life is wrong and has always been wrong … on the taking of innocent human life there is no room for ambiguity.”

“I regret that Father Curran has chosen to criticize the position of the bishops of the United States on this matter.”


  1. I think it's Father Curran who has expressed "too much certitude" in his own credibility, let alone fidelity, regarding an authentically-lived Catholic priestly vocation.
    Why isn't it obvious to "Professor" Curran that his innovative theological views have landed him at Southern Methodist University, simply because its where he can protest, be comfortable and get paid for it. Ethically speaking, it IS time for Father Curran to get a life for himself as a protestant, of whatever denominational pew he'd like to complain from.
    Over the last 50 years, I've lived through this straw man argument of "I-don't-agree-with-the-Church-regarding ..." not to recognize Curran's rant as the same old self-righteous self-excusing rubbish!
    God bless Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas!

  2. Curran teaches the "Catholic Faith" at Methodist University, yet the "Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition" is not a Student Text. (You can check MU on internet). This means that he can teach whatever he personally desires rather than the Truth.

  3. Is this some type of diversion by Curran? Abortion is one topic that is very clearly in the CCC, and with almost all Bishops in the US.