IP#280 Fr. Peter Mitchell – “The Coup at Catholic University” on Inside the Pages

MITCHELL-PeterIn “The Coup at Catholic University: The 1968 Revolution in American Catholic Education” Fr. Peter Mitchell has authored an incredible work chronicling the events surrounding the controversy that took place at Catholic University in the late 1960’s and the activity of a young Fr. Curran and over 400 theologians who signed an open “Statement of Dissent” against Pope Paul IV’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae.  This moment would have sad consequences which would ripple for decades in the life of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States.  Fr. Mitchell’s thoughtful, balanced, and fair approach to this subject and his engaging telling of the story makes this one of the best reads of the year.


The-Coup-at-Catholic-UniversityYou can find the book here

The definitive history of the wreck of Catholic higher education in the late sixties. I know – I was there. Fr. C.J. McCloskey, Research Fellow of the Faith and Reason Institute

Masterfully weaves together the particularly polemical period of 1968. This thoroughly researched book, which is both historically and theologically substantive, should be read by every Catholic educator and theologian. Msgr. David Toups, STD, Rector/President, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary

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  1. I was an Assistant Professor in the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America when the controversy concerning Fr. Curran surfaced. As Fr. Mitchell correctly points out, unwillingness of the Bishops to speak publicly about their action to dismiss Fr. Curran handed him the gift of a strong position in the press. Meanwhile, the Catholic University faculty met and considered supporting Fr. Curran by going out on strike. When that vote was taken, only a very small handful stood up to register “no” votes. I was one of those few, and recall how lonely it felt standing there! Not very long thereafter, just as the spring semester was coming to a close in the law school, my mother suffered a near-fatal heart attack that caused me to leave Washington, DC in order to be with her. Thank God, she survived, but my days at Catholic University were done. This was unbeknownst to me at the time, as I was on a leave of absence to pursue a graduate degree from Yale Law School. While there, I was informed by Law School Dean Vernon X. Miller (who I loved) that he was not being reappointed for another term. Consequently, I never did return to my alma mater.

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