Nun's Book on Sex Does Not Meet the Approval of the Vatican


The Vatican’s doctrinal office on Monday denounced an American nun who taught Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School for a book that attempted to present a theological rationale for same-sex relationships, masturbation and remarriage after divorce.

The Vatican office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that the book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” by Sister Margaret A. Farley, was “not consistent with authentic Catholic theology,” and should not be used by Roman Catholics.

Sister Farley, a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and an award-winning scholar, responded in a statement: “I can only clarify that the book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against this teaching. It is of a different genre altogether.”


Margaret Farley is an outstanding scholar and an incredible woman of faith. You would be hard pressed to find a scholar who has studied or collaborated with Dr. Farley who does not respect her wisdom and research. The Vatican needs to recognize that Catholics are not monolithic in their thinking and are obliged to use the brains God gave them to wrestle with moral issues.

Good for the CDF - they are being good shepherds. I pray Sr. Farley comes back to Christ.

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