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The Catholic Church and "Dissenting" Theologians

Steven H Propp
The list author says: "Under John XXIII, the legendary "Spirit of Vatican II" was thought to be the beginning of a new era, in which change would be welcomed in the Catholic Church---including theological change.

However, after the 1968 birth control encyclical "Humanae Vitae," some MASSIVE changes in society as a whole, and the ascendancy of the dynamic John Paul II to the Papacy (with Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the theological "enforcer"), things changed. There is a Catechism of the Catholic Church, Cardinal Ratzinger has become Benedict XVI, and theological dissenters from the traditional teaching have been disciplined, excommunicated, and otherwise made to feel unwelcome.

(Of course, when one participates in a hierarchical organization such as the Catholic Church, one must grant the hierarchy the power---whether or not one concedes the justification---to exercise its authority; this applies to Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, as well as to Hans Kung.)

Here are some of the theologians who have suffered censure from the Catholic Church, and some books about their battles with the Church; read for yourself, and decide."
Mary and Human Liberation: The Story and the Text
Mary and Human Liberation: The Story and the Text
"Father Balasuriya was excommunicated in 1997, then reinstated a year later, over this book."
Church, charism and power: Liberation theology and the institutional church
Church, charism and power: Liberation theology and the institutional church
"Brazilian liberation theologian and priest was  ordered to keep ¬Ďobedient silence¬í in 1985 after this book was published, and he resigned from the priesthood in 1991."
The Path to Hope: Fragments from a Theologian's Journey
The Path to Hope: Fragments from a Theologian's Journey
The Silencing of Leonardo Boff: The Vatican and the Future of World Christianity
The Silencing of Leonardo Boff: The Vatican and the Future of World Christianity
"Prominent Protestant theologian Harvey Cox gives a history of the whole matter."
Women at the Altar
Women at the Altar
"In 1998, Cardinal Ratzinger ordered 1,300 copies of Sister Byrne’s book burned; she has since resigned from her Order, and is now teaching at a Protestant theological school."
The Modern Inquisition: Seven Prominent Catholics and Their Struggles with the Vatican
The Modern Inquisition: Seven Prominent Catholics and Their Struggles with the Vatican
"In this book, Father Collins details his own struggles with the Church over his book "Papal Power," and the struggles of six other theologians.  In 2001, Collins resigned from  active priestly ministry."
FAITHFUL DISSENT
FAITHFUL DISSENT
"Father Curran's memoirs, including his conflict with the Church over his support of birth control, etc."
Curran Vs. Catholic University: A Study of Authority and Freedom in Conflict
Curran Vs. Catholic University: A Study of Authority and Freedom in Conflict
Vatican Authority and American Catholic Dissent: The Curran Case and Its Consequences
Vatican Authority and American Catholic Dissent: The Curran Case and Its Consequences
"Covers the Curran case."
A Violent God-Image: An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann
A Violent God-Image: An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann
"Drewermann was prohibited from teaching at his seminary in 1992, and then had his license to preach revoked shortly after that."
Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism
Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism
"Cardinal Ratzinger had Dupuis suspended from Gregorian University for this book."
New Inquisition?: Schillebeeckx and Kung
New Inquisition?: Schillebeeckx and Kung
"Hebblethwaite (author of acclaimed biographies of Popes John XXIII and Paul VI) discusses the situations of Edward Schillebeeckx & Hans K√ľng."
The Church
The Church
"K√ľng has been prominent during Vatican II, but this book began the process of  his "investigation.""
Infallible?: An inquiry
Infallible?: An inquiry
"This book was the one that resulted in Kung's losing his status as a "Catholic theologian."  (Ironically, this resulted in an astronomical rise in his popularity and fame.)"
My Struggle for Freedom: Memoirs
My Struggle for Freedom: Memoirs
"First part of his memoirs, covering the pre-censure days."
Disputed Truth: Memoirs Volume 2
Disputed Truth: Memoirs Volume 2
"Covers the period of censure."
Kung in Conflict
Kung in Conflict
The Kung Dialogue: Facts and Documents
The Kung Dialogue: Facts and Documents
"Older book that supports the Church's viewpoint."
God: In Fragments
God: In Fragments
"This French theologian  had his license to teach theology revoked in 1979, and even his right to celebrate the Mass was removed; then he was pressured to leave the Dominican order entirely."
Putting Away Childish Things
Putting Away Childish Things
"The first female professor of Catholic Theology in Germany, who was removed from her chair because she taught that Mary’s virgin birth should be interpreted symbolically."
Jesus: An Experiment in Christology
Jesus: An Experiment in Christology
"Although far from "radical" in context of, say, the Jesus Seminar, this book got Schillebeeckx in trouble."
Authority in the Church and the Schillebeeckx Case
Authority in the Church and the Schillebeeckx Case
The Language of Dissent: Edward Schillebeeckx on the Crisis of Authority in the Catholic Church
The Language of Dissent: Edward Schillebeeckx on the Crisis of Authority in the Catholic Church
Three Brothers: A Novel about Change and Diversity in the Catholic Church
Three Brothers: A Novel about Change and Diversity in the Catholic Church
"Three brothers representing three distinct perspectives on the Church debate many issues, including the silencing of theologians."