Nun's sex talk raises the Vatican's ire
By BRENDAN TREMBATH - ABC - AUSTRALIA
Added: Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:27:34 UTC
Thanks to Michael Murray for the link.
The Vatican has denounced an American nun after she wrote an award-winning book on sexual ethics, which includes topics such as gay marriage and masturbation.
The Vatican's department responsible for doctrine says the book, written by respected Yale University theologian Sister Margaret Farley, contradicts Catholic teaching and must not be used by Catholic educators.
Published in 2006, Just Love, says gay marriage can reduce hatred, rejection and stigmatisation of gays.
But the Vatican's doctrinal department has issued a long rebuttal to this and other arguments.
The department says "the Church teaches that the respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions."
Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College, Dr Richard Gaillardetz, says the Vatican's criticism is the "fruit of a life of scholarship".
"I should point out that [Sister Farley] is a past president of our Catholic Theological Society of American and a recipient of our most prestigious award, the John Courtney Murray Award," he said.
Kenneth R. Weiss - LA Times Comments
In the Philippines, access to contraceptives is limited for the most part to those with the means to pay. The Catholic Church has fought a "reproductive health bill" in the legislature that would change that.
- - BBC News Comments
The former butler to Pope Benedict XVI will stand trial for stealing confidential papers and leaking them to the press, a magistrate has ruled.
George Eaton - NewStateman Comments
Archbishop of Glasgow: Labour MP David Cairns died because he was gay
Tom Hennigan - IrishTimes.com Comments
ARGENTINA’S FORMER military dictator said he kept the country’s Catholic hierarchy informed about his regime’s policy of “disappearing” political opponents, and that Catholic leaders offered advice on how to “manage” the policy.
Katherine Stewart - The Guardian Comments
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops in session in Atlanta, Georgia, earlier this month. Photograph: Tami Chappell/Reuters