WASHINGTON — Suspended theology professor Charles Curran today ended his efforts to teach at Catholic University of America this semester, saying that to keep pushing could hurt his students and Roman Catholic education in general.
But Curran, a priest, said he will continue his fight for eventual reinstatement.
The university on Wednesday, just before the beginning of the school's spring term today, canceled the three courses he normally teaches.
Curran said today that if he conducted the classes anyway while appealing the suspension, as he had said earlier he would do, students would not know whether they eventually would get credit.
In addition, Curran provided copies of a letter to him in which the university's chancellor, Archbishop James Hickey of Washington, threatened to invoke a Roman Catholic canon law provision that Curran said could spread the controversy to other Catholic institutions.