Sex Book By Awesome Nuns Gets Pope’s Panties in a Bunch

06/05/2012 11:00 AM |

Awesome.
  • Awesome.

Sister Margaret Farley, your classic super-rad nun (and professor, and writer, and thinker) wrote a book about sex called Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, which contained radical notions like the idea that masturbation is part of a healthy sex life and gay people should be treated with respect. I know! She is out there!

Well, the Vatican’s office of orthodoxy, which sounds like a fun place in general, isn’t having it. According to them, her ideology could do “grave harm” to the faithful, and represents her “defective understanding.” Clearly, the book does not hew strictly to the Catholic doctrine and Sister Farley is clear about that:

Farley said Monday she never intended the book to reflect current official Catholic teaching. Rather, she said, she wrote it to explore sexuality via various religious traditions, theological resources and human experience. [Toronto Star]

“I do not dispute the judgment that some of the positions contained within it are not in accord with current official Catholic teaching,” Farley said in a statement issued Monday. “The book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against this teaching. It is of a different genre altogether.” [WaPo]

Even so, yesterday the Vatican handed down her official censure. Are we seriously going to listen to someone that wants people to feel bad about masturbation? I mean, clearly I am not a religious person, so I understand that the Pope’s edicts aren’t really “for me,” but if those are “radical feminist themes” to you, maybe you need to get out more. And maybe it’s time the sisters started doing it for themselves. Always a good time for a schism.