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Radical Marquette Theologian Maguire Honored by Ethics Society

The Society of Christian Ethics will honor radical Marquette University theologian Daniel Maguire, whose views on many issues including abortion, contraception and same-sex marriage put him at odds with Catholic teaching, according to the Journal-Sentinel.

The group, a non-denominational scholarly association that includes 950 members from the faculties of universities and colleges throughout North America and Europe—including Fordham University, Boston College, and Georgetown among other Catholic institutions—will honor the radical former Jesuit with a lifetime achievement award.

Society President Allen Verhey, a professor of Christian ethics at Duke University, reportedly called Maguire a “widely respected member of our organization.”  Maguire was reportedly a past president of the organization.

In March 2007, the U.S. bishops’ doctrine committee declared that the teachings of Maguire “cross the legitimate lines of theological reflection” and represent outright “false teaching.”

In 2012, Maguire wrote that the bishops are in “moral schism” because they don’t support same-sex marriage.  Maguire once even called partial birth abortion “a necessary procedure” and endorsed same-sex “marriage.”

This semester at Marquette, Maguire is teaching an undergraduate theology course called “Christian Faith in Cultural Contexts: Moral Commons/World Religions,” in which the required textbooks are two of his own books, On Moral Grounds and A Moral Creed for All Christians, according to the University’s website.

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