NYT Columnist Takes Vatican to Task Over Censure of “Just Love”

Sister Margaret Farley

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd yesterday sharply criticized the Vatican over its belated censure of Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.” The book, which was languishing in obscurity until the Vatican’s announcement, is now on Amazon.com’s best-seller list.

Even for a church that moves glacially, this was classic. “Just Love: a Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” by Sister Margaret Farley — a 77-year-old professor emeritus at Yale’s Divinity School, a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and an award-winning scholar — came out in 2006.

The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, which seems as hostile to women as the Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, spent years pondering it, then censured it on March 30 but didn’t publicly release the statement until Monday.

The denunciation of Sister Farley’s book is based on the fact that she deals with the modern world as it is. She refuses to fall in line with a Vatican rigidly clinging to an inbred, illusory world where men rule with no backtalk from women, gays are deviants, the divorced can’t remarry, men and women can’t use contraception, masturbation is a grave disorder and celibacy is enshrined, even as a global pedophilia scandal rages.

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