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The Misogyny Continues

The ABC reports on the Church’s latest target: Nun’s sex talk raises the Vatican’s ire

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.”

A minor point but the Vatican doesn’t have any say in the area of ‘legal recognition’, that is in the hands of individual governments and is a political, not religious decision.

The major effect of this latest assault on women is to push the book to the number one sales position for its genre at Amazon. There’s nothing like controversy to drive sales.

In a related note, an theologian who was at Vatican II notes that opposition to birth control is not settled Catholic doctrine, as claimed by some Bishops. Pope Paul VI withdrew the issue before the Council could deal with it, so it isn’t ‘written in stone’.

For some reason two verses come to mind: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” and “… why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?” I seem to remember that the guy who said them was sort of important to the Church.


1 Steve Bates { 06.06.12 at 10:49 pm }

Hmm. It seems the meaning of “catholic” as “universal” carries less weight than it used to.

If I were to write a book opposing priestly boy-buggery… would some Vatican committee issue a tome reprimanding me and vindicating that all-too-common priestly practice?

Damn, I’m tired of people who are so damned certain they’re right. Considering they stopped being right about some pretty important things beginning around 1600, they have a lot of damned nerve telling the rest of us what to think. And yet it moves!

2 Bryan { 06.06.12 at 11:06 pm }

As soon as they allied with the Roman Empire by becoming the ‘official religion’ their fate was sealed. Every time religion and government are joined, religion is corrupted. When the Patriarch of Rome began styling himself as the ‘Pontifex Maximus’, the title of the most senior priest in Rome, the downfall was inevitable. The bureaucracy flourished as one empire builder after another claimed the job.

They can’t recruit enough priests to supply their parishes, and now they are attacking nuns. They are ‘pruning’ themselves right out of existence.

3 jams o donnell { 06.07.12 at 3:05 pm }

Given the number of times the Vatican shoots itself in the foot I wonder if there is a cardinal left with a toe!

4 Bryan { 06.07.12 at 3:28 pm }

They wear red shoes so no one notices the blood … 😈

5 jams o donnell { 06.08.12 at 8:55 am }

Haha Good one Bryan!