Moral Theologian William May Dies at 87

Spent Decades Teaching, Writing

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Moral theologian William May died Saturday at the age of 87.

May had a long career as a leader in the field of moral theology, writing more than a dozen books.

Pope John Paul II appointed him to serve as part of the International Theological Commission from 1986 to 1997.

He taught moral theology at the Catholic University of America for 20 years, until the early 90s. He then went on to teach another near-two decades at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America.

He was in 2008 named senior fellow at the Culture of Life Foundation.

A note posted by his family at his passing observed: “He made sure to choose a date not easily forgotten (12/13/14), which happened to be the 57th Anniversary of his meeting his wife, Pat. While we are sorry to have lost such a wonderful man, husband, and father, we are happy that he was surrounded by loved ones during his last days and is now with the Lord.”

His wake will be held in Kensington, Maryland, on Friday and his funeral Mass will be Saturday.

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