Here is your Religion News roundup for today:
By David Gibson
Reprinted with permission
"Rome is on a roll: the Vatican today blasted the writings an American nun, Margaret Farley, a renowned theologian who writes about sexual ethics. What Farley says about masturbation, homosexuality, divorce – always dicey territory – is “not in conformity with the teaching of the Church.”
No kidding, responds Farley, an emerita prof at Yale’s Divinity School. “In the end, I can only clarify that the book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against this teaching,” she says. “It is of a different genre altogether.”
National Catholic Reporter has some other early reaction.
The American nuns facing an earlier Vatican crackdown indicate that they aren’t going to be pushovers for the prelates.
Pope Benedict XVI may get an idea of how much, or whether, American Catholics care about these arguments: he plans to visit Philadelphia in 2015. He will be 88 then, so it would be a short trip, if it comes off. The visit would mark the World Meeting of Families, designed to promote traditional values."
Read the rest of the article here.