By Peter M. Mitchell
1968 witnessed probably the best revolution within the historical past of the Catholic Church within the usa. It used to be led by means of Fr. Charles Curran, professor of Theology on the Catholic college of the US in Washington, with greater than 500 theologians who signed a "Statement of Dissent" that declared Catholics weren't sure in moral sense to keep on with the Church's educating within the encyclical of Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae, that stated man made birth control is morally incorrect since it is harmful of the nice of Christian marriage.
The conflict at Catholic college established at the significant query in Catholic larger schooling in the course of the turbulent years after the second one Vatican Council, "What is the which means of educational freedom at a Catholic university?" Curran and the dissenting theologians maintained they had to be loose to coach with no constraint by way of any outdoors authority, together with the bishops. The bishops maintained that the yank culture of spiritual freedom assured the appropriate of religiously-affiliated faculties to require their professors to educate in accord with the authority in their church.
This ebook makes use of never-before released fabric from the non-public papers of the major avid gamers at CUA to inform the interior tale of the dramatic occasions that spread out there. starting with the 1967 faculty-led strike in aid of Curran, this publication unearths the content material of the interior discussions among the foremost bishops at the CUA Board of Trustees.
This paintings makes an attempt to disprove either the traditional "liberal" and "conservative" interpretation of the occasions of 1968, suggesting that the tradition of dissent was once a right away fruit of the over the top legalism and authoritarianism which marked the Church within the years previous Vatican II. as the polarization in 1968 has endured to outline the adventure of many American Catholics and has had an ongoing influence on Catholic schooling, this paintings may be super attention-grabbing to those that are looking to comprehend the prior on the way to stream ahead with a better wisdom of the strengths and weaknesses of Catholic schooling within the United States.
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The Coup at Catholic University: The 1968 Revolution in American Catholic Education by Peter M. Mitchell