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Q: Name and additional information about the woman who married Gregory Baum. ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Name and additional information about the woman who married Gregory Baum.
Category: Relationships and Society
Asked by: theloniustwo-ga
List Price: $4.50
Posted: 30 Nov 2005 12:58 PST
Expires: 30 Dec 2005 12:58 PST
Question ID: 599642
I would like to know where I can find out more about the marriage of
Gregory Baum, Theologian and former priest (Jewish Holocaust survivor
who became a Roman Catholic Priest and was active in Vatican II) to a
divorcee that led to his excommunication and that of the priest that
married them.  I know that his wife was a former nun who left her
order (Loretto).  I can't find anything else out about her - name, the
name of the first man she married (she was already divorced once when
she married Baum). I would be particularly interested in a reference
source that would provide me with more information.

Request for Question Clarification by juggler-ga on 30 Nov 2005 13:24 PST
I can give you the first and last name of Baum's wife and the year the
couple married (as well as a citation for the source).  However, I
don't have the name of her first husband.  Let me know if you'd accept
the information that I do have.

Clarification of Question by theloniustwo-ga on 01 Dec 2005 12:12 PST
I believe he was married in 1976.  The name and source will be
sufficient, as long as the name is not a religious name (for example,
nuns during that time period gave up their given names - and I believe
he married a former nun)
Subject: Re: Name and additional information about the woman who married Gregory Baum.
Answered By: juggler-ga on 01 Dec 2005 16:26 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The woman's name was Shirley Flynn.

From The Gazette (Montreal) newspaper, October 31, 1987:

'After Pocock denounced Baum's liberal opinions as "contrary to
official Catholic doctrine," Baum resigned from the priesthood. In
1977 he married Shirley Flynn, a former nun.'

The Gazette. Montreal, Que.: "GREGORY BAUM" By MARK ABLEY," Oct 31, 1987. pg. B.6
(I read the article using a newspaper database available through my
local public library).

One additional detail:  Shirley's father was killed by mustard gas
while fighting on the British/Canadian side in World War I.  This is
mentioned on page 26 of this document:

"The same mustard gas killed Baum's wife Shirley's father who fought
on the British/Canadian side."

search strategy:
google: "gregory baum" "baum's wife"
newspaper databse: "gregory baum" married shirley

theloniustwo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Great job.  I got more than I asked for, and additional leads to
search. Thanks juggler.

Subject: Re: Name and additional information about the woman who married Gregory Baum.
From: juggler-ga on 02 Dec 2005 16:56 PST
Thank you for the tip.

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