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Monday, 4 June 2012

CDF condemns American nun's writings on sexual ethics

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) issued a formal condemnation of Sr. Margaret Farley, R.S.M. This nun's dissident writings should be considered not as isolated, but rather part of an undercurrent of rebellion - as seen, for example, in the recent dissident reaction to Cardinal Collins' authoritative declaration on religious liberty in Catholic schools.  Farley's opinions parallel in certain ways the dissident opinions of the radical OECTA administration. 

Conclusion of the Notification by the CDF:

With this Notification, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expresses profound regret that a member of an Institute of Consecrated Life, Sr. Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M., affirms positions that are in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality. The Congregation warns the faithful that her book Just Love. A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics is not in conformity with the teaching of the Church. Consequently it cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. Furthermore the Congregation wishes to encourage theologians to pursue the task of studying and teaching moral theology in full concord with the principles of Catholic doctrine.

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