Vatican censors nun’s book on sexual ethics, and some see a bid to muzzle women’s voices

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) A long-running conflict between the Vatican and American nuns exploded again with the condemnation of a popular book on sexual ethics by Sister Margaret A. Farley, citing problematic passages on homosexuality, divorce and masturbation. By Alessandro Speciale.

  • Tracy Simmons |

    I’ve had the honor and pleasure of getting to know Sr. Farley over the years when I lived in Connecticut. She’s an amazing inspiration and this just makes me want to read the book again, and buy copies for all my friends 🙂

  • gilhow

    The Catholic hierarchy under this pope, even more so than under John Paul II for whom he was the “enforcer,” have come to be domineering power mongers. In this day and age, how do they hold to the mythology that they are the only ones with any learning, any ability to think, any right to make their own belief decisions? The whole notion of a “magisterium” is so antique they should be ashamed to have coined the term or use it. All people have a God-given ability to learn and think. All people have a natural right to make their own thought and belief decisions, just as much as any bishop, including any pope.

    If thought and decisions are not free and respected as natural rights, then all religion is not only false, it is evil. Any honest person who has studied the history of the Catholic Church has learned it is as full of evil as any good. Sadly, today, we are seeing a reversion to a lot of evil.

    Lay Catholics of the world must stand and fight against this evil clericalism in their church. Down with Vatican appointments of bishops. Down with diocesan bishops’ appointments of parish clergy. Lay people must rise up and take the place that is their right in their church. Only then will these Vatican attacks against religious liberty and women be stopped while the sins and crimes of the clergy continue to be hidden. The Vatican II declaration of “People of God” included lay people. We don’t need a Vatican!