The board of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America has come to the defense of Sister Margaret Farley, a former president of the society, following the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s notification on her 2006 book Just Love.

The Congregation stated that the book is “in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality … Among the many errors and ambiguities of this book are its positions on masturbation, homosexual acts, homosexual unions, the indissolubility of marriage, and the problem of divorce and remarriage.”

“Her work has prompted a generation of theologians to think more deeply about the Christian meaning of personal relationships and the divine life of love that truly animates them,” the CTSA board said in its statement. “The judgment of the ‘Notification’ that a number of Professor Farley’s stated positions are contrary to the teaching of the Magisterium is simply factual.”

The board members continued:

The Board is especially concerned with the understanding of the task of Catholic theology presented in the “Notification.” The “Notification” risks giving the impression that there can be no constructive role in the life of the Church for works of theology that 1) give voice to the experience and concerns of ordinary believers, 2) raise questions about the persuasiveness of certain official Catholic positions, and 3) offer alternative theological frameworks as potentially helpful contributions to the authentic development of doctrine. Such an understanding of the nature of theology inappropriately conflates the distinctive tasks of catechesis and theology.

With regard to the subject matter of Professor Farley’s book, it is simply a matter of fact that faithful Catholics in every corner of the Church are raising ethical questions like those Professor Farley has addressed. In raising and exploring such questions with her customary sensitivity and judiciousness, Professor Farley has invited us to engage the Catholic tradition seriously and thoughtfully. (Source)

Remember, folks, Tricky Dicky Gaillardetz is Vice President of the Catholic Theological Society of America.

He and his heretical posse are coming to Ottawa in September.

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