BeliefsRichard McBrien, outspoken liberal theologian and Notre Dame scholar, dies at 78By David Gibson | January 26, 2015 More More on Beliefs Subscribe to Beliefs The Rev. Richard McBrien, a renowned Catholic theologian at the University of Notre Dame who wrote comprehensive works on church history and delivered punchy sound bites from a liberal perspective, died Sunday (Jan. 25). He was 78 and had been in poor health for several years. Photo courtesy of University of Notre DameActive RNS subscribers and members can view this content by logging-in here.(RNS) In his media punditry and in a weekly column that ran in some diocesan newspapers, the Rev. Richard McBrien argued for the ordination of women, optional celibacy, and birth control, among other things.