Uh oh…there may not be enough Hail Mary’s to make up for this one. A nun wrote an open-minded book about sex, homosexuality, masturbation and gay marriage, and the church is pissed.
The awesome rebel is Sister Margaret Farley, a member of the Sisters of Mercy religious order and emeritus professor of Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School. According to the Vatican, her book, Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics presented “grave harm” to churchgoers because it talked openly about (gasp!) masturbation, homosexuality and marriage.
In its statement, the Vatican pointed a judgmental finger at Farley’s book, saying it “affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality.”
For example, the great Sister writes that masturbation doesn’t raise any moral problems and can actually support and help relationships. On the other side of the pew, the Vatican believes is just wrong, stating “masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action.” If that’s the case, 99.9% of the world are sinners, I guess.
Sister Margaret also wrote that homosexuals and their life choices should be respected. Again, the church disagreed and thinks homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered.”
And on the subject of gay marriage, Sister Margaret was open-minded enough to state that gay marriage should be legally recognized because it would help transform the stigmatization of gays. The church’s response? Gay marriage would signal approval of “deviant behavior” and contradict the value of traditional marriage between a man and a woman.
Is there even such thing as a “tradition” marriage anymore?
Once again, the catholic church is so far behind the times and clinging to outdated values and teachings that just don’t work anymore. Not that they ever did, in my eyes, when I was forced to attend church for all of my growing up years surrounded by teachings I just didn’t believe–like these. Not to get all religious-debate-y, but my main problem with the catholic church is that the Bible clearly says, thou shall not judge. But then who’s the one judging? For the last time, masturbation, homosexuality and gay marriage are as normal as any other expressions of sexuality.
Is it any wonder that the catholic population continues to decline and only 20% of Americans attend church regularly today?
Nevertheless, Sister Margaret said yesterday that she never intended for her book to be part of the catholic teachings. Instead, she simply wanted to explore sexuality and the various religious traditions surrounding it:
The fact that Christians (and others) have achieved new knowledge and deeper understanding of human embodiment and sexuality seems to require that we at least examine the possibility of development in sexual ethics.
Right on, Sister!