Father Charles E. Curran, a moral theologian at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., reveals that the Vatican has given him an ultimatum: retract his views on birth control, divorce, and other matters pertaining to sexuality, or lose the authority to teach Roman Catholic doctrine.
According to Curran:
"On particular issues, there is no doubt that many Catholic theologians and faithful do disagree sharply with official teachings such as those on contraception, sterilization, and the indissolubility of marriage.
From this, it should be evident that the positions take by me are neither radical nor rebellious, but are in the mainstream of contemporary Roman Catholic theology. It is unjust to single me out for disciplinary action of any type when so many other Catholic theologians hold the same basic position"
The order comes most immediately from Cardinal Ratzinger. Thousands will protest this ultimatum and Curran refuses to retract. Eventually, the Vatican revokes his license to teach as a Catholic theologian and in 1987 he is suspended from Catholic University entirely.