Vatican attacks popular U.S. nun, bans her sexuality book from Catholic schools

June 5, 2012

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The Vatican has criticized a popular American nun, saying her book on sexual ethics, including topics such as masturbation and homosexuality, contradicted Catholic teaching and must not be used by Catholic educators.

The Vatican’s doctrinal department, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a stern “notification” on Monday about Sister Margaret A. Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy and a professor emeritus of Christian ethics at Yale University.

The Congregation sharply criticized Farley, saying her writings manifest a “defective understanding of the objective nature of natural moral law”.

Two months ago the Vatican issued a stinging report saying the umbrella body representing most American Catholic nuns promoted radical feminist ideas and sometimes challenged bishops.

Monday’s notification, signed by department head Cardinal William Levada, an American, and approved by Pope Benedict, sharply criticized Farley’s award-winning 2006 book “Just Love, a Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics”.

Specifically, the Vatican rejected her views on four subjects, masturbation, homosexual acts, homosexual unions and remarriage after divorce.

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