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Nun's sex talk raises the Vatican's ire

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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.
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TAGGED: BOOKS, SEXUALITY, VATICAN/ROMAN CATHOLICISM


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