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Richard McBrien Biography

Crowley-O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“The traditional teaching of the Catholic Church for at least four centuries–a teaching reaffirmed and extended by the most prominent of the pre-Vatican II popes, Pius XII (1939-58)–distinguished between ordinary and extraordinary means of preserving life. No one, the church consistently taught, is obliged to use extraordinary means to sustain their life on this earth…

Almost every reputable Catholic moral theologian who commented on the Schiavo case concluded that continuing the use of a feeding tube to keep Mrs. Schiavo alive was a clear instance of an extraordinary means, and as such could be dispensed with.”

“The Schiavo Case Re-Vistied,” The Tidings, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Winner, John Courtney Murray Award “for outstanding and distinguished achievement in Theology,” Catholic Theological Society of America, 1976
  • President, Catholic Theological Society of America, 1973-74
  • Crowley-O’Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
  • Writer, syndicated weekly theology column for the Catholic press
  • Frequent on-air network commentator for Church-related events
  • Priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut
  • STD, Pontifical Gregorian University, 1967
  • MA, St. John Seminary, 1962
  • AA, St. Thomas Seminary, 1956
  • Richard McBrien died on Jan. 25, 2015 at 78 years old
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  1. Should Terri Schiavo's Feeding Tube Have Been Removed?