Skip to comments.Vatican Warns Against Errors in Mercy Nun's 2006 Book on Sexual Ethics
Posted on 06/04/2012 6:53:44 AM PDT by marshmallow
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley's 2006 book, "Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics," contains "erroneous propositions" on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and "grave harm to the faithful."
In a notification signed by U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada and approved March 16 by Pope Benedict XVI, the congregation said the book "is not in conformity with the teaching of the church" and "cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue."
Sister Farley, who taught at Yale University Divinity School from 1971 to 2007 and now serves as Gilbert L. Stark professor emerita of Christian ethics, is a past president of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics.
The five-page Vatican notification says the congregation first wrote to Sister Farley about its concerns through her superior, the president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, more than two years ago. Urged to "correct the unacceptable theses contained in her book," Sister Farley sent responses in 2010 and 2011 that "did not adequately clarify the (book's) grave problems," the congregation said.
The congregation cited five specific problem areas in "Just Love," published by Continuum:
-- Masturbation: Sister Farley's view that masturbation "usually does not raise any moral questions at all" and "actually serves relationships rather than hindering them" does not "conform to Catholic teaching ... that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action," the notification said.
-- Homosexual acts: Sister Farley writes in the book that "same-sex relationships and activities can be justified according to the same sexual ethic as heterosexual relationships and activities." But the......
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The Mercy Sisters taught me, many years ago, but looked nothing like this. They're a total train wreck, these days. The LCWR Inquisition can't come soon enough.
Look for a BIG house cleaning to come to that order.
That’s a man, baby!
I can’t help it, this once. Is that Leo Sayer, or Robert Hegyes? ;)
That house deserves it. They know it and must not care.
What happened to that vow all sisters/nuns take: obedience?
Nice ‘fro, aint it?
Someone needs to tell Sis that she's gay and she's made a serious career mistake.
Perhaps she should consider a move to the Unitarian church.....
Why would anyone listen to a Catholic clergy member about anything that has to do with sex and relationships?
That depends on the answers to four questions:
Would you seek marital or sexual guidance/advice from someone that is celibate?
They seem to be well versed and experienced in sex and relationships...Just not the hetero kind...
Read post #11.
-—Sister Farley, who taught at Yale University Divinity School from 1971 to 2000-—
My answers to #11;
Read post #12
Certainly. I'd recommend it.
Advice on moral issues is not like learning plumbing or car mechanics. It's not a question of knowing where the bolts and brackets go in order to make something function.
Morality is not like that. It's not necessary to engage in copulation with a member of your own or the opposite sex in order to understand the fundamental truths of human sexuality, morality and psychology. That's because those truths are not found in the male or female reproductive tract nor in the part of the brain which goes "oooh.....aaaah" when a pleasurable sensation is experienced.
Rather, those truths been revealed by God to men and their fundamental value has been verified to the nth degree over thousands of years due to the calamitous consequences which occur when men ignore them, as has occurred with monotonous regularity. A man or woman who is chaste is quite capable of viewing the human experience in historical terms and drawing conclusions from it.
Perhaps we should all take our advice on sexual morality from someone whose entire life has been one sexual encounter after another. That's where your logic goes. I suggest Hugh Hefner. He'll set you straight.
I think advice on moral issues should come from the individual and their relationship with God, not from someone else...especially someone that has taken a vow of celibacy. and has probably never been married.
What we have here is two extremes..advice from a celibate priest or Hugh Hefner...How about someone in the middle such as a married pastor or a licensed marriage counselor?
My answers to #11; No
If you do not believe in universal truth then you don't need to ask anyone for advice, or study Christian ethics, or even study the Bible. Just do what you feel like doing. How could go wrong if "wrong" is not universal?