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The Rev. Richard McBrien dies at 78; liberal Catholic theologian
The Rev. Richard McBrien dies at 78; liberal Catholic theologian

The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theologian known for his unabashedly liberal stands on various church teachings and his popular books on Catholicism, died Sunday in his native Connecticut after a lengthy illness, according to the school. He was 78. The often-quoted theology professor, who for nearly 50 years penned a weekly column for Catholic newspapers, courted controversy with his criticism of Pope John Paul II's emphasis on orthodoxy, and he advocated for change. McBrien also spoke out in favor of artificial contraception, the ordination of female priests and optional celibacy for priests. "While often controversial, his work came from a deep love of...

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