"Sex book" written by American nun hit by the Vatican for contradicting Church teachings about masturbation, homosexuality, and marriage

Agence France-Presse (AFP), via The Huffington Post, reports that on Monday, June 4, the Vatican "sharply criticized" the book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, which written by Sister Margaret Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious order and emeritus professor of Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School.

Agence France-Presse (AFP), via The Huffington Post, reports that on Monday, June 4, the Vatican "sharply criticized" the book,  Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, which written by Sister Margaret Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious order and emeritus professor of Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School. According to AFP, the Vatican said that Farley’s work "contradicted church teaching on issues like masturbation, homosexuality, and marriage." The Vatican also slammed Farley for her "defective understanding" of Catholic theology. As such, the Vatican said the book could do "grave harm to the faithful."

 

The AFP article quoted Farley, who said that she "never intended the book to reflect current official Catholic teaching" because she "wrote it to explore sexuality via various religious traditions, theological resources, and human experience." Curiously enough, Farley’s book came out in 2006.

 

The report noted that the critique of Farley’s book "comes amid the Vatican’s recent crackdown on the largest umbrella group of American sisters." The report revealed that last month,  "the Vatican last month essentially imposed martial law on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, accusing it of undermining church teaching and imposing certain ’radical feminist themes’ that were incompatible with Catholicism."

 

For more on this story, read the AFP article which appears on The Huffington Post.

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