by Chi Ibe
YNaija reported, yesterday, how the Vatican was outraged by Rev. Sister Margaret Farley’s book titled “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” a publication that disagrees with church teaching on same-sex marriage, masturbation, and remarrying after divorce. They condemned the book as contradicting church principles but it seems that the Holy See’s criticism of the book has turned out to have the ‘holy man’s touch’ on the book.
On Monday, the book was ranked on Amazon at 142,982, after the news of the Vatican’s condemnation broke, there was a dramatic change. By Tuesday afternoon, Farley’s book was spotted at number 16.
Sister Margaret Farley, a long time Yale scholar and past president of both the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America issued a statement saying she knows her views go against official teaching but is trying as a theologian to raise the “possibility of development in sexual ethics”.
The leader of a group of U.S. Catholic nuns on April 21, rejected the condemnation by a Vatican report that said it defied Church doctrine. “We haven’t violated any teaching,” Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told AFP.
Many will be watching next week when two leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious — whose members represent the vast majority of U.S. nuns — head to Rome to meet on the proposed overhaul due to what an official report called “radical feminism”. The women surprised even supporters on Friday when they issued a statement saying the Vatican report caused “scandal and pain” among already-polarized Catholics.
Farley’s book resonates as a debate point because it embodies the core divisions among Catholics: Whether their faith calls them to obey their hierarchy or question it, and whether one can be a good and devout Catholic while also rejecting bishops’ views on everything from abortion to Obama.