Religion: End of a Battle

In a day when many other Roman Catholic priests choose to marry first and ask questions later, the Rev. Daniel C. Maguire, 40, has been something of an anomaly—and a considerable problem for his ecclesiastical superiors. Maguire wanted to marry, but was determined to win papal permission-beforehand. He also happened to be a respected moral theologian teaching at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He meant to retain that position after marrying.

A few other former priests in the U.S. have done so on Catholic campuses, and about 30 more have readily...

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