Vatican slams nun's book on sex

2012-06-04 22:46

Vatican City - The Vatican slammed a "sexual morality" book written by an American Catholic nun on Monday, warning believers to stay away from the tome which justifies masturbation, homosexuality and divorce.

Margaret Farley's 2006 book Just Love - A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics " affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality", the Vatican said in a statement.

Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy and professor emerita at Yale Divinity School, expressed support for a long list of sins in the eyes of the Church.

"Masturbation usually does not raise any moral questions at all. It is surely the case that many women have found great good in self-pleasuring... [which] actually serves relationships rather than hindering them," she wrote.

On the issue of homosexuality, the prominent theologian said "same-sex relationships and activities can be justified according to the same sexual ethic as heterosexual relationships and activities" and "should be respected".

'Acts of depravity'

She also said not all marriages could last and supported both divorce for people who are irrevocably unhappy together and remarriage with new partners.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which had been carrying out an investigation into the book, responded with a scathing criticism which tackled each of the issues Farley had raised.

It insisted that "masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action", homosexual relations are "acts of grave depravity", and "a marriage cannot be dissolved by any human power or for any reason other than death".

"The Congregation warns the faithful that the book is not in conformity with the teaching of the Church. Consequently it cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching," it said.

Last week the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the main US association of Catholic nuns, defended itself against CDF accusations of "corporate dissent" over the Church's teachings, particularly concerning homosexuality.

  • Ivan Overton - 2012-06-04 23:16

    It strikes me that the assertions quoted from the book make a lot of sense, and some of the "rulings" made by the church don't. But then, other than those who in all likelihood made the rulings, I look at this from a human perspective, as a real person with a wife and kids living the real and normal (and sometimes imperfect) life that I was born to.

  • Alan - 2012-06-04 23:20

    Our sex lives are far too complicated.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-04 23:56

    What people do in the bedroom is nun of your business

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-06-05 05:10

      Nun whatsoever. Lol

      Lara - 2012-06-05 06:30

      What a lot of nunsense.

  • Dee - 2012-06-05 01:27

    There is however something morbidly fascinating about a book of sex-tips from a nun - especially as it's being censured / censored by the Vatican?! :)))

      zaatheist - 2012-06-05 04:19

      Well since the book is obviously written by some one without any experience how can anyone learn anything from it?

      Tax - 2012-06-05 13:37

      Its like the ANC writing a book on how to govern....

  • Emile Myburgh - 2012-06-05 05:15

    I have always found it odd that a group of unmarried men, wearing dresses and funny hats, who (in theory) have never had sex, should tell the rest of us how, when and where to have sex. In fact, I think the Catholic clergy consists of priests who would never in their whole lives get laid, and now, out of envy of those of us who do get laid, they try to prescribe to us how to it. Kind of: if I can't get, at least I'll tell others how to do it.

      tyronekay - 2012-06-05 07:15

      Right on Sister!

      zaatheist - 2012-06-05 07:44

      Absolutely. You left out "geriatric" unmarried men "virgins (in theory)."

      Berthram Bowles - 2012-06-05 08:45

      akselent (nataniel voice-over)

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-07 08:55

      You actually have to call them paedophiles or gay for having sex with young boys. When you think about it , the Romans were big on little boys back in the day! What's changed ? Damn the man.

  • Jose de Carvalho - 2012-06-05 05:42

    and with point of views like these from The Vatican, we lose more and more catholics each day. They need to change their view and allow people to be who they are and stop judging... instead they should welcome people as they are into the church... just as Jesus accepted us as we are...

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-07 08:57

      Have you been following the post from True TM Xians on news 24? Their not doing much better than the Vatican. Damn the man.

  • Leonard - 2012-06-05 08:00

    If I was the Catholic Church or any religion for that matter I would keep very still at this moment. All religions organised or not are responsible for untold misery in this world and if there was ever a judgement day no prizes for guessing who would be in front of the queue.

  • Rainbow - 2012-06-05 08:16

    Well if the intention of writing this book was intended to make loads of money and sell millions of copies, with this publicity, she has succeeded.

  • Bones - 2012-06-05 08:22

    If maraige could only be disilved by death, America would not be a superpower....

  • Johan - 2012-06-05 08:28

    Si if I have an encounter with my ex gay lover who gives me a hand job I won't go to heaven? Then there must be a better place after death. Yehhhh.

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-07 09:00

      But , according to the Bible , rape survivors marry their rapists or get stoned (And not the Good way) ? Blind faith is a sin and believing like a child will only get you treated like one. Damn the man.

  • Anton - 2012-06-05 09:26

    I am sure that Pope Nazi Benedict loves a good wank

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-07 09:00

      What do you think the little boys are for ?

  • Stuka - 2012-06-05 09:30

    oh dear no mastrubation!? so the priests are defenitly going to get young boys to do long as you dont mastrubate your self. which means..I'm going straight to least once a day....

  • Greg - 2012-06-05 10:33

    Don't attack what you don't understand as all that happens is you advertise your ignorance. Rather try to understand and be able to debate reasonably without recourse to unenlightened, petty and immature comments for the sake of 'sticking it to the man'. This platform / article needs a better calibre of intellect when commenting than is being displayed right now.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-05 11:24

      Spoken like a true popist.

      Phoenix - 2012-06-05 13:56

      The Pope is evil. Discuss...

      Dee - 2012-06-05 17:37

      So Greg - please offer me your view to debate? Or are you intent on just preaching and condemning? If so ... I can recommend a few good churches for you. (sorry - couldn't resist the last comment!!!!)

      Greg - 2012-06-06 15:54

      @ Dee ... no preaching, but I am certainly guilty of judging the comments to this article. Simply put, don't jump to conlusions about the Church for the sake of sensationalising issues. The faith of millions of people is not something one can flip the finger at because of ignorance on the part of the flipper. As I commented to zaathiest earlier ... and then she/he deleted it (afraid??), on history alone the Church has and is going through a learning curve. It has and still does make it's share of mistakes like any institution. The problem is that we are used to instant gratification and expect a 2000 year old institution to react instantly to various issues. The Church, unlike many people, takes time to make sure the correct decision is taken relative to its spiritual context and not secular or worldy context, perhaps not to everyones liking, but then again the Church can't please everyone all the time only to be faithful to its head, Jesus Christ (CEO / Chairman / etc).

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-07 09:05

      @Greg you can't be more wrong. "The Church, unlike many people, takes time to make sure the correct decision is taken relative to its spiritual context and not secular or worldy context, perhaps not to everyones liking, but then again the Church can't please everyone all the time only to be faithful to its head, Jesus Christ (CEO / Chairman / etc)." Does that include the Rhema Church and the whole Bible or just the ones that make God look good and loving? Religion is a evil lie that fools people into being sheeple , usually just to be fleeced! Blind faith is a sin and believing like a child will only get you treated like one! Damn the man.

      Greg - 2012-06-08 11:16

      @ Jody.Beggs ... Not sure where Rhema fits .. we're talking Catholic. On a lighter note, when you make a statement back it up, make an intelligent contribution.

  • - 2012-06-05 14:53

    All I will say is read Lev 20 v 13 in fact the entire book will shed true light in many lives

      Phoenix - 2012-06-05 16:31

      Like Lev 11:12 - eating shellfish is an abomination!!! Stop crayfish, crab and prawns being served in restaurants!!! You are all going to hell!

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-07 09:13

      But what else does the good book say... But in the ten commandments it says , something different doesn't it? Do you have a Daughter , I would like to buy her as a slave? Exodus 21:7-11 NLT And there is so much more ... Damn the man.

  • Leon Lipschitz - 2012-06-05 17:56

    One question Who marries people GOD or man Only any contracts performed by GOD cannot be broken Its people who marry people And while marriage is a contract between two people if things don't work out the contract can be annulled / cancelled It's just people CLAIMING to represent GOD that marries people These people decided for themselves that they were GODS representatives and forced their own will on the masses

  • allen.vanzyl - 2012-06-10 10:07

    If, in our modern day and age, the Vatican still refuses to acknowledge human needs and a changing society, which is how God made us, then they're in serious trouble.

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