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Sr. Margaret Farley and Dissent

posted on July 10, 2012

First Things’ editor R.R. Reno explores the conflict between Sr. Margaret Farley and the Catholic Church. After the Vatican censured her book Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, Sr. Farley maintained her views, saying, “I do not dispute the judgment that some of the positions contained within it are not in accord with current official Catholic teaching.” Reno, a former student of Sr. Farley at Yale, defends her act of dissent, writing, “Sr. Farley believes that her contradictions of Church teaching reflect a continuing loyalty to what she sees as the deeper truths affirmed by the tradition. … While I disagree with her ethical reasoning in Just Love and think the Vatican’s censure entirely fitting, I agree that her dissent is loyal.”

Read at First Things