Richard McBrien, outspoken liberal theologian and Notre Dame scholar, dies at 78


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 Dame

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(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.

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