Is Pleasure a Sin?
A Sister of Mercy writing about the Kama Sutra, sexual desire and â€œour yearnings for pleasure.â€
Or the Vatican getting so hot and bothered about the academic treatise on sexuality that the pope censures it, causing it to shoot from obscurity to the top tier of Amazon.comâ€™s best-seller list six years after it was published.
Just the latest chapter in the Vaticanâ€™s thuggish crusade to push American nuns â€” and all Catholic women â€” back into moldy subservience.
Even for a church that moves glacially, this was classic. â€œJust Love: a Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,â€ by Sister Margaret Farley â€” a 77-year-old professor emeritus at Yaleâ€™s Divinity School, a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and an award-winning scholar â€” came out in 2006.
The Vaticanâ€™s Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, which seems as hostile to women as the Saudi Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, spent years pondering it, then censured it on March 30 but didnâ€™t publicly release the statement until Monday.
The denunciation of Sister Farleyâ€™s book is based on the fact that she deals with the modern world as it is. She refuses to fall in line with a Vatican rigidly clinging to an inbred, illusory world where men rule with no backtalk from women, gays are deviants, the divorced canâ€™t remarry, men and women canâ€™t use contraception, masturbation is a grave disorder and celibacy is enshrined, even as a global pedophilia scandal rages. [more]