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.
Maureen Dowd - New York Times 22 Comments
The latest chapter in the Vatican’s thuggish crusade to push American nuns — and all Catholic women — back into moldy subservience.
Laura Graff - Winston-Salem Journal 14 Comments
Protesters travel to speak against Pastor Charles Worley, who gave a sermon May 13 that suggested gay people should be rounded up, placed in a sort of concentration camp, and left to die.
Benedict Carey - New York Times 76 Comments
Dr. Robert L. Spitzer, considered by some to be the father of modern psychiatry, recants his study that supported the use of so-called reparative therapy to “cure” homosexuality.
Alex Henderson - AlterNet 60 Comments
Sexual attitudes in Europe are the stuff of the Christian Right's nightmares — yet many of those societies are better for having more open attitudes toward sexuality.