By Charles E. Curran
Recounts the adventure of 1 of the major theologians of the Catholic Church.
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Cardinal John Krol, archbishop of Philadelphia, ﬁrst raised the possibility of dismissing me at a meeting of the executive committee of the trustees held on October 20, 1966. , and Rector McDonald—was formed to investigate the matter. In the name of this committee, Krol made a report to the April 10, 1967, meeting of the board of trustees and proposed that my appointment should not be renewed. The board agreed that I should not be given any reason for the decision but simply informed of it. The resolution passed by a vote of 28-1.
Second, I pointed out, on the basis of the research I had done for my doctoral dissertation, that Catholic theology originally based its sexual teaching on a totally inadequate knowledge of human biology that had long since been rectiﬁed by modern science. The erroneous belief that the male seed was the only active element in human procreation obviously inﬂuenced the Catholic teaching that each and every sexual act had to be open to procreation. Third, the moral judgment is the ultimate human judgment, bringing together all the different partial aspects—be they sociological, psychological, eugenic, hygienic, and so on.
Cardinals Lawrence Sheehan of Baltimore and Richard Cushing of Boston publicly criticized the action against me. m. on Monday. They came with a prepared statement that fell short of committing themselves to a new contract and my promotion to associate professor. Meanwhile, a very large crowd had gathered in front of the library, but they were growing restless as the hours dragged on. , O’Boyle announced that the trustees had voted to reverse their decision. McDonald announced that my promotion to associate professor would become effective in September.